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Owners seek to demolish historic county courthouse

February 22, 2019

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a historic courthouse in New Hampshire has filed plans to demolish the building and build a new structure with commercial space and residential units.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the owner of the old Stafford County Courthouse is scheduled to present its plans before the Dover Planning Technical review Committee March 7.

The proposal calls for demolishing the courthouse and constructing a six-story building on the site that would include office space, 71 residential units and a 29-space parking garage.

Mayor Karen Weston says she opposes tearing down the 1889 building, which would be like “taking down a piece of Dover’s history.”

The building was used as the county courthouse until 1974, and then used as office space until a few years ago.

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Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com

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