Foxboro of­fi­cials seek re­prieve for lo­cal his­tor­i­cal prop­er­ties

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries - By ALEXAN­DRA GOMES

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.

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