Breaking news on the story of the Garfield (a.k.a. Burnett) House.
Earlier today I was informed via grapevine that the house closing did not go through on Friday. A statement on behalf of of the owners has now confirmed that.
In addition, it states that they hope to save the house from demolition.
According to the statement, John Delli Priscoli and his wife Jennifer were originally unaware that developer Bob Moss’ only intention was to demolish the historic home. So when a condition in the purchase and sale agreement wasn’t met they refused to extend the deadline.
Delli Priscoli explained:
We were very disappointed that Mr. Moss declined to discuss preserving the house with the town. . .
Had he initially made clear to my wife and me that demolition was the only option we would not have agreed to sell it to him.
On Monday, Delli Priscoli approached town officials to ask if the town and perhaps other interested entities may be interested in working together to preserve the property.
According to the statement:
Town officials met that request with measured optimism, and agreed to begin discussions with other town officials and civic leaders on how to put together an acceptable plan to preserve this historic home. Everyone concerned agrees that time is of the essence as there is a limited window to accomplish that goal.