Demolition Alert 4: Two Historic Buildings in Lancaster, New Hampshire

Picture of 181 Main Street in Lancaster, New Hampshire

We just got wind of this story (though it’s about a month old) that two historic buildings in downtown Lancaster, New Hampshire face the wrecking ball for a Family Dollar (see link for video from WMUR 9).  Shown above are the two historic building that are the target for demolition–the first is at 181 Main Street and the second is at 185 Main Street.  Here are highlights from the story:Picture of 185 Main Street in Lancaster, New Hampshire

Two historic homes inLancaster could be demolished and replaced by a Family Dollar store under a new proposal.

The proposal is drawing mixed reactions from residents . . .

There is already a Family Dollar shop at another location on Main Street, and it’s looking to expand . . .

The town manager said the company behind the plans looked at areas that were already commercially designated, and next week they’ll go before the planning board in hopes of moving forward.

We’ve been unable to find any updates so if anyone knows how this is progressing please leave a comment.

Having been to Lancaster many times (in fact, we once nearly bought a home there), we find it hard to believe that Family Dollar can’t find an empty place to build a new store (or tear-down in a less sensitive area).  You can see from the Google Streetview below how a big-box style store would destroy the architectural cohesiveness of the surrounding area.

And don’t forget to visit our picture gallery of downtown Lancaster, New Hampshire (though the buildings in question are not shown).

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