Greetings Members of the Old Village Association,
Here is an update of the sale of the Eldredge Garage:
The Eldredge family requests that Chatham's voters attend a special town meeting on
January 23rd and vote to buy their Main Street property for price of $2,500,000 for parking or other municipal uses.
This property is in Chatham's Historic District and therefore under the jurisdiction of the HBDC. After two long hearings, The HBDC voted unanimously to allow the Eldredges to demolish the extremely fragile former stable as well as the compressor building. The professional advice from representatives of Cape Cod Commission, structural engineers, and members of the Chatham Historical Commission was that the stable in dangerously poor condition and not a reasonable candidate for preservation. Although the compressor building was probably built mid- century, it was decided to be not architecturally significant. Prior to demolition, salvaging of important materials will take place with oversight from the HBDC.
Phase two of the environmental study is currently taking place as underground tanks are being unearthed and the degree of pollution is being assessed. Results of this study are expected soon. Environmental remediation is a prerequisite for the sale whether the buyer is the town or a private buyer.
It is the hope of the board of directors of the OVA that the voters of Chatham recognize the importance of purchasing this property which could eventually provide much needed parking, possible public bathrooms, and open space in our historic neighborhood.
This is a complicated process and I encourage you to contact me if you have concerns or questions. I wish you and your families a lovely holiday.