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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The fate of the Edgemere diner


The Edgemere Diner, an empty landmark on Route 20, may soon see new life or disappear altogether. The town owns the diner and must now determine what to do with it.

At issue? Some selectmen want to sell it, saying the town shouldn't be in the business of property ownership, according to board chairman John LeBeaux. Others view it as a piece of local history that needs to be preserved.

"I think it's not in anyone's interest to keep the building vacant, with no plans for its next stage," LeBeaux said.

The town took ownership of the diner several years ago for unpaid back taxes. Town officials are also considering a proposal to allow a tenant to lease the site for 20 years.

In 2003, the board voted against a proposal to place the building on the National Register of Historic Places. LeBeaux said he anticipates a vote on the issue at the board's next meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

-- Megan Woolhouse

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