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5-year long Grange dispute nearing tipping point in Bridgewater

Bridgewater First Selectman Curtis Read says the 5-year long Grange dispute is nearing a tipping point.  The town has satisfied the final condition from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office to allow time for someone to step forward with enough money and a realistic plan to buy and restore the structure.  The asking price of the building is $400,000, and that would be a non-refundable deposit.  The deadline is Monday. 

A group called The Bridgewater Preservation Association wanted to buy the historic landmark on 11 Main Street South for $1, and restore it, but residents voted against the proposal in May. 

The building has no water supply well and no septic system, and contains asbestos and lead paint.  Bridgewater wants to demolish the building, salvage good wood and cleanup the site.  Bridgewater has a $100,000 state grant to do the prep work.

Potential uses for the Grange property in Bridgewater are being discussed.  The town is on the brink of being allowed to demolish the structure and clean up the state.  Potential plans include a memorial for Bridgewater veterans who served in wars since WWII and moving the soon to be restored "Captain's House" to its 4th location in town.  The House is now near the Burnham Library. 

First Selectman Curtis Read says it would be a place where people can sit and reflect on the beauty and history of the town. 

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