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Developer: I'll give away historic Mass. building

January 16, 2012
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BEVERLY, Mass.—A company that's planning to demolish one of Beverly's oldest buildings says it will give it away to anyone who wants to move it and will also help pay the moving costs.

Symes Associates executive Jeff Rhuda tells The Salem News (http://bit.ly/w3hdsz) that, otherwise, the nearly 300-year-old building will be demolished to make way for new development.

Rhuda said the building is in such bad shape it's devaluing the property.

The building dates to 1715 and is one of the last remaining from Beverly's earliest settlement. It was home to Nathaniel Greenwood, a member of the Sons of Liberty, which included John Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere.

The proposal to raze the building has sparked protest, and local historian Richard Symmes said moving it is inappropriate and unrealistic.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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