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Rye faces demolition onslaught
Portsmouth Herald [NH], by Joey Cresta

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Posted By:nhchemist, 11/25/2012 7:59:04 PM

An old house with "charm" on Central Road in Rye was torn down earlier this month to make way for a new $1.8 million, five-bedroom home with a carriage house. The home, purchased by former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu in 2010 for $1 million, is the latest in a torrent of demolitions in Rye this year. According to the building inspector´s office, there have been 14 permits issued for tear-downs and rebuilds in 2012. "That's a lot of demolitions in one town," said Selectman Joe Mills, who plans to prepare a warrant article for next year's town meeting that would place limits on how many demolitions

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Here in Blue Hampshire I guess you have no rights to the property you purchased with our own money. You must do what the all knowing bureaucracy says because your rights are subordinated to the collective. These houses have not even been put on the National Register of Historic Places yet the Town of Rye wants control of your rights.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pindarjr, 11/25/2012 8:08:35 PM     (No. 9033627)

If some group came along and offered to build a country club and golf course that would increase Rye´s tax base, the council members would be falling all over themselves to jam demolition permits down the throats of any home owners in the way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: frede, 11/25/2012 8:32:42 PM     (No. 9033649)

So what, Obviously the highest bidder got it.

Buying a house for the lot is also very common practice in the Wash D.C. area.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/25/2012 9:56:35 PM     (No. 9033716)

These crybabies should mind their own business.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ccprops, 11/25/2012 10:14:28 PM     (No. 9033731)

Demolition creates jobs, as does rebuilding.

Charm never paid anyone´s bills.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/25/2012 10:20:04 PM     (No. 9033736)

As a preservationist myself, I can understand how longtime residents get concerned when a great many older houses in their towns are destroyed.

Houses that are 100 years old, or older, are often very well built, and have a special beauty. It can be heartbreaking to locals to see them demolished.

However if you read all the way through this article, you will finally find that the house Sununu demolished was built in 1939.

So we are not talking about a priceless piece of American colonial or Victorian history.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: geoman, 11/26/2012 1:42:44 AM     (No. 9033828)

The headline should read, "Rye is blessed with a building boom."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: peebster, 11/26/2012 9:29:19 AM     (No. 9034087)

Since the local laws have allowed multiple demo permits over time, and the historic value of the existing dwellings is marginal, one can only assume that the purpose of this article is to expose John Sununu´s address for future intimidation...or worse. Get ready, your country is being taken from you.

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