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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Development approved in Northborough


A development that will replace a century-old mansion in Northborough has been approved by the Planning Board.

Winn Terrace, both the name of the complex and the street, was unanimously approved by the five-member board, Town Planner Kathy Joubert said. The subdivision presented by Westborough developer Robert Moss will include four duplexes and one single-family home on five acres.

The red brick mansion overlooking the Assabet River will soon be torn down to make way for the new homes. The 17-room home with granite steps and a large front porch was designed by farmer and carpenter Charles Winn for his wife Maria. It was built in 1870 with bricks from local brickyards and in 1880 became home to a boarder named Newell Houston Ensley, the only educated black man to live in town at the time.

The town's Historical Commission did not have enough money to save the home by either buying or moving the building.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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