Foxboro officials seek reprieve for local historical properties
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) — After granting a sixmonth reprieve to two historic South Street homes late last month, the historic commission has unanimously voted to delay demolition of another property on the street.
"South Street is in danger," declared Rev. Edward Cardoza of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, who is a resident of Foxboro. "We are a charming New England town. Do not remove that charm."
Along with his partner, Cardoza had wanted to buy the home at 85 South St., built in 1803, and restore it to its former glory after it had been repossessed from a former owner.
The historic commission had supported the couple's efforts.
However, Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Association, repeatedly told Cardoza it was unknown when the house would go up for sale, he said.
"All we got all the time was, 'We don't know when it's coming up for sale. That's a complicated thing. We don't know when it's going on sale,'" he said. "That is not disclosure. It's not what I expect from a federal agency. It prevents knowledge and information and it's not transparent."
Thirteen months after it was first repossessed, it was sold to Mark Carroll, a Foxboro resident and owner of Carroll Construction, who said he bought it with the sole intention of demolishing it.
"That's what I do," Carroll said. "I buy unrepairable buildings, tear them down and build new ones. I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't unrepairable."
Carroll intends to build a single-family home on the property, and is unsure of what it will look like yet. He presented a preliminary plan at the meeting, but said it is subject to change.