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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Developer Offers $10,000 to Move Bradley House

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The battle between developers and preservationists over the Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield town line shifted to today’s Westport Town Hall brown bag lunch. Developer Mike Horvath said he would pay $10,000 to move the house off the property. Preservationists said such a move would be difficult. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Posted 03/30/05 at 06:47 PM  Permalink



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I say take the offer! Move the house. Everyone wins. Able Bradley Coalition, Don’t fight this one. Moving houses has been done for years. If I remember correctly I think there was a Church moved int his town years ago. IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE! I say take the money you have raised and by another piece of property or even rent it from the town. The have been known to lease buildings for $1.00 a year why not a bit of land for sucha small house right?? as a taxpayer I certaintly wouldn’t mind a bit of the baron’s property to be utilized for the Bradley house!

Posted by MR on March 31, 2005 at 12:46 AM | #
 

His offer seems fair. If the interests of the coalition are to save the house, he is trying to provide a means to do this. If they walk away from the offer, it would suggest that the coalition’s intention is really to prevent a new home from being built, not saving the old one.

Posted by JP on March 31, 2005 at 04:11 AM | #
 

Mr. Horvath’s kind offer coulf be the beginning of a terrific win-win solution for all concerned parties. It is a simple matter to move a building, especially a small house like this. BTW, it was the Saugatuck Congregational Church that was moved years ago (in the 1950s?).

Posted by John J. Franklin on March 31, 2005 at 04:02 PM | #
 

I concur with JP�s thoughts. Also, has a third party preservationist taken a look at the house? I would be interested to hear their thoughts on how difficult the move would actually be.

Posted by SA on April 01, 2005 at 05:00 AM | #
 

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