Letter: At the FTM, vote no to allowing demo of monastery

Posted 5/18/22

To the editor:

Dear Barrington neighbors, I write to ask you for your support to preserve the Carmelite Monastery building on Watson Avenue by attending the upcoming Financial Town Meeting and …

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Letter: At the FTM, vote no to allowing demo of monastery

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To the editor:

Dear Barrington neighbors, I write to ask you for your support to preserve the Carmelite Monastery building on Watson Avenue by attending the upcoming Financial Town Meeting and voting NO to demolition of the building.  

This building has been a part of the fabric of the Watson Avenue neighborhood for almost 70 years. In character with the nuns who lived there until recently, it sits on a beautiful, quiet street. The area is favored by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and children for its low traffic and peaceful aesthetic. This building, with the appropriate upgrades, would be a perfect location for the additional senior housing that the town needs. Surrounded by green space and water views, it is an ideal place for seniors looking for a serene and tranquil place to down-size their housing.  

Across the state, renovation of older buildings has produced beautiful and highly sought-after housing and the monastery building can be such a place as well. The town’s consulting architect, who was hired to evaluate the site, has deemed renovation to be a viable plan for the building.  

So please join me at the May 25th financial town meeting and vote NO to allowing demolition. Thank you for your support!

Elizabeth Grieser

Barrington

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