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July 29, 2013

Company rethinks demolition

Windover Development to look at ways to save former hotel near Beverly depot

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Beverly resident Matt Pujo, who produced a video about the Hotel Trafton called “No Country For Old Buildings,” said he hopes this latest news means the building will be spared.

The building opened in 1886 as a railroad hotel across from the train depot.

“This building is the last of its kind in the area,” Pujo said. “If a tourist gets off in Beverly and sees a restored railroad hotel instead of another condominium building, that says something about what we are in Beverly.”

Pujo said Windover should work with other people in the community to come up with a creative and economical way to save the Trafton.

“Let’s all work together in the spirit of encouragement instead of just saying, ‘No development,’” he said.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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