2017-06-19 / Maine

Town to move historic house to make room for parking lot

HALLOWELL (AP) — A Maine city is working out the details on their plan to move a historic, centuries-old house to make way for a new parking lot.

Current plans in Hallowell call for the relocation of the Dummer House, built in 1792 by Nathaniel Dummer. The Kennebec Journal reports city officials hope it would ease parking concerns during a planned reconstruction project beginning next year.

Greg Paxton, executive director of Maine Preservation, says the house was donated to his organization by Linda Bean — granddaughter of the founder of L.L. Bean.

City Manager Nate Rudy says the city plans to purchase the land on which the house currently sits. He says negotiations for the cost of the land is continuing and hopes they will be finished soon.

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