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Stone house at Hillside Park

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by vacliff, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    The old Stone house on Waxpool Road across from the Community Center is now owned by the HOA. The HOA was also given $100,000 to be spent on the house.
    If you have any thoughts or ideas, please contact the HOA Board.
     
  2. Brit

    Brit New Member

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    :clap: A British pub!
     
  3. Chsalas

    Chsalas Member

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    Tare it down, eyesore, liability and would is a money pit.
     
  4. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    I'd rather see it restored and utilized, possibly some kind of historical display or information about the community (or some other great idea!). The playground there attracts lots of families who may not get over to the nature center. I'm sure the community could run fundraisers to raise money once a use is determined; put out collection jars at the various community events, have a bake sale table at "Broadlands Live", sell "Save the Stone House" merchandise, get local business sponsors, etc.
     
  5. Chsalas

    Chsalas Member

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    The amount of money needed is far more than a bake sell or collection jars would cover. I for one would not like like to use community funds to restore it. If it was of any historical value, VM would have exploited it. It's an old, dilapated house. No more.
     
  6. greggbroadlands

    greggbroadlands New Member

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    I'd like to see it used as a Community Art Center. There used be one in my parents neighborhood in PA. Could be a place for visting artists, art clases, art gallery shows for local artists and school classes. Could be very fun and creative place.
     
  7. mikebnllnb

    mikebnllnb Member

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    A $100,000. What good is that going to do? Bulldoze it and use the remaining funds to improve the park. A bigger playground or a basketball court.
     
  8. Chsalas

    Chsalas Member

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    absolutely!
     
  9. christinaandrob

    christinaandrob New Member

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    it's one of the few remaining bits of history in this little area, and while need of some TLC it's still has some charm. why bulldoze it if not necessary? just so it looks like everything else in this area? i think an art center would be cool - something different.
     
  10. Sunny

    Sunny Chief Advisor

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    I love the idea of an art & music center!
     
  11. hornerjo

    hornerjo Senior Member

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    It would cost far more to build a center than it would to restore this thing. Who's going to pay for that? I like the idea of a bigger playground of some sort. Maybe a small skateboard park. With 100k it may barely pay for something along that line I'd think.
     
  12. stevensrmiller

    stevensrmiller Stevens Miller

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    I'm very interested in knowing the community sentiment regarding this issue. Please feel free to use this forum, or, if you would prefer, send me an e-mail at steve at millerhousehold dawt com. I'd be happy to meet with anyone for some one-on-one about it. If there is enough interest, perhaps we can hold a community meeting and have a real dialog about it.
     
  13. Genco

    Genco Member

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    Agree! $100k - tear it down and build a BB court since the only one is by the SW pool and we have plenty of tennis courts. If no BB court then just leave it as is as it will give more room for the Broadlands Live events. Who wants to deal with the ongoing maintenance of this building.
     
  14. decalr

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    Many good ideas were suggested for the Stone House. However, how would we fund any kind of restoration. Sadly, I agree that more practical solutions are needed. I would hate to see it torn down. Some business might pay for it. A restaurant perhaps.
     
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    Coffee/dessert house or old fashion ice cream parlor?????.
     
  16. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    Here is a thread from a few years ago about the Stone House;

    http://www.broadlandshoa.org/hoaforum/showthread.php?t=16342

    I like the idea of turning it into an arts center; there are a lot of local artists who could be highlighted here.

    There were many monetary figures touted in this and the current thread, but no concrete figures that I saw. An HOA committee could possibly look into getting an estimate for repairs to the building or explore the neighborhood's support for various plans to utilize this structure.

    I'm not sure if razing the building because it's the easiest thing to do is the best thing for our community. I really love driving by the stone house and seeing that at least one thing in my neighborhood has not been built by a developer and has some history to it, even if it's not "historic" enough to go on a registry....
     
  17. Sunny

    Sunny Chief Advisor

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    What about leasing it to a business for $1? They do the build-out and have no lease to pay for like 30 years. Or however long. THere can be all kinds of guidelines associated with the contract, but it would benefit our community AND a business owner. They would spend the money they "save" on a really nice build out...that would be one of the requirements...
     
  18. rich351854

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    How come we only got 100k....can van Metre do more?
     
  19. Chsalas

    Chsalas Member

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    HAHAHAHA! That's a good one. Nope, we were lucky to get that.

    Vacliff, can you confirm that VM is out of the picture in the stone house, and the estimates to bring the building up to code( not remodeling) were well over $100k.
     
  20. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    I don't know why people want to tear it down -- it was one of the reasons I liked this community when I first looked here... I was glad they didn't bulldoze everything and put up houses in every conceivable place to maximize profit and make it look like every other vanilla community. It adds character and shows a sign of respect that the past isn't entirely forgotten. Just my $0.02 though. I'd much rather put in for a special assessment for the house vs snow cleanup or openband stuff 8)
     

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