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August 17, 2013

House slated to be razed

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“It is the assessment of my contractor ... and several other contractors that the structure is not salvageable and should be torn down,” the Wilburns wrote.

Historic District Commission Chairman Bill Finch said he did not want to comment on the demolition plan before the public hearing is held. But he did say the commission was pleased that the main house, which the board had determined was historically significant, has been preserved.

Finch said the splitting of the property and construction of other buildings over the years had taken away the house’s original oceanside setting. That has been restored by the move to Pickman Road.

“Even though it’s not the original site, the new site preserves its landscape setting very well,” he said. “It maintains its visibility with the street and restored its contact with the ocean.”

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

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