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Selectmen Grant West Parish Meeting House Approval

The Board of Selectmen approved the Historic District Commission's request to file grant applications for the West Parish Meeting House. Two grants are being sought: one for $13,800 for consultation on a preservation plan and another $3,000 for the creation of a promotional brochure.

The building was burned by British troops in the Revolutionary War. The property is located at the corner of the Sherwood Island Connector and Greens Farms Road.

“It is a unique historic property including above and below ground resources,” said Historic District Commission Administrator Carol Leahy.

After the larger grant is approved the town will be reimbursed $6,900. It is a matching grant that requires the town to reserve the entirety of the grant amount before the application is made.

Leahy expects the preservation plan to include a site plan and plans for archeological protections and long-term maintenance.

Selectman R. Gavin Anderson expressed concern over maintenance of the historic site after all of the proposed preservations are complete. He said public works does a fine job of maintaining properties all over town but the cost adds up. He suggested seeing if members of the Green's Farms Association would help with maintaining the property.

“This project is going to benefit the community of Green's Farms,” said Anderson.

Leahy hopes to have the brochure prepared before the Congregational Church of Green's Farms celebrates it's 300th anniversary next year.

The West Parish Meeting House received state approval as a State Archeological Preserve in February.

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