The Manchester Journal is reporting that the Manchester Village Development Review Board has given the green light to demolish the Village Country Inn in Manchester, Vermont (see “Demolition Alert 3” for background):
By a 4-3 vote on Monday, the Manchester VIllage Development Review Board decided to approve the demolition of the Village Country Inn.
Village Development Review Board Chair, Diana Olcott, was one of the voices of dissention in the decision for a couple of reasons, one of which pertained to the safety issues the building poses.
“It’s dangerous if you go in it maybe, but just sitting there it is not dangerous to people passing by,” Olcott said. “It also interferes with our whole concept of keeping historical structures. The bylaw and the town plan both speak to keeping historic buildings.”
Board member Tom Dyett had a different opinion though.
“It’s a hazard there. We had the fire marshall come in and he wouldn’t step foot in that building. We have some responsiblity for public safety, at least I feel that way,” Dyett said. “The building is falling down and no one is going to restore that thing. From a sensible standpoint the logical thing is to tear it down” . . .
The discussion to raze the inn – which is located in the Manchester Village Historic District and was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in February of 1984, according to the findings and decision – was raised by the application from Manchester Hotel Associates, LLC to construct a three story, 80 room Hampton Inn in the location of the Village Country Inn and the adjoining Nickelwhite property.
We hate to say it, but it sounds like the Village Country Inn is done for . . .