Warner takes innovative approach to saving historic Odd Fellows building

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Warner’s Odd Fellow building is sold – almost


Ray Carbone (11)
Warner takes innovative approach to saving historic Odd Fellows building

At a meeting in the town hall Thursday night, the Board of Selectmen moved a step closer to selling the 125-year-old Odd Fellows building to a local contractor who wants to use it for business purposes.
The three-member board unanimously approved the sale of the historic 72’-by-42’ three-story wooden structure to resident Nate Burrington, the owner of Burrington Builders and Maintenance, “provided both sides can come to a mutually acceptable purchase-and-sales agreement.”
The board took the unusual move of approving an action with a significant contingency attached to avoid holding additional public hearings in the coming weeks. As John Dabuliewicz, a selectman, explained to the small group of people attending the meeting, state law requires an agreement be in place within 14 days of the last public hearing, which would be this Wednesday, March 15.

“You probably have it on you now.”

– Selectman Allan N. Brown, jokingly, referring to the price Nate Burrington will pay  the town for the historic Odd Fellows  building if the two sides reach an agreement.

 

“We didn’t want to do that,” the selectman said, because it’s the same night as the annual town meeting.
The action means that the board can continue negotiating with Burrington and move forward with the sale when both sides agree to all facets of a deal.
But it also means that details about the plan, including the price Burrington will pay and any special stipulations attached to the sale, is not yet been made public.
The selectmen said that their ongoing negotiations with Burrington in recent weeks have been going extremely well. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close,” Dabuliewicz said.
“He’s anxious to get this done,” added Allen N. Brown, another selectman, referring to the local contractor.
Resident Martha Michal asked if the board is considering any tax abatements as an incentive to Burrington taking over the building, or a revisionary clause that would allow the town to regain ownership if the contractor is unable to meet certain renovation benchmarks.
“There is a revisionary clause” in the tentative agreement, Dabuliewicz said, which can be used as “leverage” to make sure the building is not left to deteriorate further, but no tax abatement has been mentioned.

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Brewing good news in the village

Guess where one of the best cafes in New Hampshire is located?

If you said Warner, you must have already visited Schoodacs Coffee & Tea on Main Street.

Or, you may already be a regular.

In a little more than a year, owner Darryl Parker and his team have made this cozy shop into a friendly community gathering place. Add pastries and other food from Concord’s Bread and Chocolate bakery, and italian foods to-go from Marzelli Deli in Newbury – plus, their own tasty soups and assorted goodies – and it’s hard to imagine what the village was like before they got here.

And, it just so happens that a lot of other people around the state agree.

A recent poll of WMUR-TV viewers rated Schoodacs as No. 3 among the top 10 coffee spots in the Granite State.

And when you think about all the “big city” competition they have in places like Nashua and Portsmouth they had… Well, let’s just say this is one case where No. 3 may actually be better than No. 1.

Good to the last drop.


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MainStreet BookEnds of Warner featured on WMUR-TV

Katherine Nevins and the folks at our favorite solar-powered bookstore made the “big time” (New Hampshire-style) on channel 9 last week.

Not sure it’s a recent production but still good to see that “Something Wonderful is Happening in Warner”…

Did you see it? Check it out here…

http://www.wmur.com/article/thursday-january-12th-mainstreet-bookends-of-warner/8562451


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Anastasia (Anna) Glavas was born in Canada but somehow found her way to small town America. She works part-time in the local schools and at Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum. When she isn't there, she is either at home...

Darryl Parker is an elected official with the Town of Warner (Almoner) and a Director for the Warner Historical Society. He and his wife purchased 1 East Main Street next door to Town Hall in 2014 and renovated...

Joanna and her family have lived in Warner for 14 years. She enjoys her job in Special Education in the Kearsarge District, her Communications and Illustration freelance work, and her volunteer work as a Costume Desi...

Katie has lived in Warner for the last two years and has enjoyed becoming familiar with the small town's atmosphere. Prior to living in Warner, she lived in Henniker, NH. Katie is an alumni of New England College and...

Ray Carbone was born in Virginia and grew up in the New York City area. But he moved to New England in the 1970s and he's he never left.
Ray's byline has appeared on a variety of media platforms including National Pu...

Vince was born in New Mexico, raised in California and then moved to New Hampshire in 1993. He became a resident of Warner officially in 2001. Vince has coached soccer in the WYSA program for many years. Now that...

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