I was just down at one of the marinas getting one of the boats setup and out of the water. Talked to a boat owner down there, who was bemoaning the fact his parents will have to settle for less on their home. They paid $650,000 back in 2005 and now they will be forced to have to sell it for $450,000 and that’s if they’re lucky. I asked innocently enough, “Where do they live?” thinking they’re in some low-rent, rundown town. “They live in Tewksbury,” he replied.
TEWKSBURY!!! That town’s practically a breeding ground for McMansions!
And that explains what recently happened at the Newburyport Historical Commission. They had a demolition request for an entire house smack dab in the Newburyport Historic District. The owner just called in and callously stated, “If the home is historical, just slap the demolition delay on it.” In fact, they didn’t even bother to show up –both the developer and the owner. In other words, get it over with. Gives us room to line up the demolition team, get the contractor all setup for the new house and all the permits in place a year from now.
Now this contributing historical home is 257-259 Water Street. Its crime is that it backs up to a multi-million dollar view of the harbor and is a healthy lot size. But I took a look at the house. Wow, roof line is solid, foundation is solid. The whole building is sharp looking. So why the demolition? That’s when I saw the workmanship of the developer.
I told you before that developers are greedily looking from outside Newburyport and seeing us as a shining light upon the hill and the light is GREEN. While real estate agents in our surrounding area and yes in many parts of America; are forced to apologize to their hard-pressed clients; in comparison the prospect for our City is looking bright.
ALL THAT STAND IN THE WAY IS A BUNCH OF STINKY HISTORIC HOMES. (The very homes that are causing us to be a hot real estate destination.)
Exploiters from every corner of New England are drooling over us and are kicking up gravel getting here.
If something isn’t done soon to protect them, that GREEN light is going to turn to YELLOW and after the developers are done, to RED. (After they’ve used us up like a spider on a fly’s carcass.)
You saw the size of this historical home. It is proportional to its surrounding buildings and blends in nicely to the streetscape.
You want to see what’s going in after the demolition delay?
Here is a selection from the developer’s portfolio.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!