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Alford residents approve property purchase

Alford voters approved up to $235,000 to purchase the property at 7 Alford Center Road. Photo by Ted Remsnyder

ALFORD — The town is set to begin negotiations on the purchase of a Center Road property after taxpayers gave the acquisition a green light.

Registered voters authorized the town to spend as much as $235,000 on the home at 7 Alford Center Road with an aim to utilize the property to expand town facilities at a Tuesday, Feb. 18 special town meeting. 

Seven years ago, the Select Board recommended that the town purchase the property, but registered voters nixed the idea. 

The town revisited the idea this year after the Alford Historic District Commission led a campaign to secure the property in order to preserve the historic character of the center of the town.

“The Historic District Commission we’re the ones who brought it back to the select board and the Historic District Commission were behind this 100 percent,” said Alford Treasurer Roxanne Germain. “They brought it back to the table because they’re charged with maintaining the look of the town. Even though the property is not on the historic register, it’s part of the center of town and they wanted to make sure that it was maintained in a way that would fit in with the rest of the town.”

In January, the Select Board and the Finance Committee each voted unanimously to recommend the purchase of the home, which is owned by real estate investor James Mercer.

According to the meeting minutes provided by the town, a discussion ensued about the seller’s asking price of $235,000. Finance Committee member Carl Stewart made an amendment motion to approve up to $212,500 for the purchase.

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