Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's Simply A Matter Of Public Safety

A few years ago I wrote about the abandoned house beside the Blackington Building in Fiskdale.  It wasn't the first time I had addressed the issue of the abandoned house, and the fire danger it presented.  It is also a blight on the neighborhood.

The former chairman of the BOS contacted me in an email, and assured me he would address it.  He later called me and said he was involved with other negligent property owners in town, and wanted to take care of them first.  He felt if the BOS addressed the Fiskdale house it would affect the proceedings with the other abandoned homes in town.  He assured me he would address it in about three months.

Say what?

I was confused.  Here was a safety concern for the businesses, and those living next to the abandoned building that had been an issue for many, many years, yet the town would was not going to address it.  Any other town would have cited the owner, given them a date to correct the issue, and if it wasn't, tear it down.

I did email reminders each year after the initial email in 2010, but never received a reply.

It's 2014.  The building is still there, and he's not.  There is a a new chairman, a new building inspector,  a new fire chief, and a new attitude.  So, let's try this again.

To the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen, Fire Chief, and Building Inspector:

The abandoned house beside the Blackington Building is a public safety hazard.  It has sat empty for well over a decade, and it needs to be razed.  

What are the towns plans for the building?

OK.  Let's give the town a chance to formulate a plan, and to get back to us.  This time, I promise not to let it go.


  1. Is that the small building to the left of Blackington that had a gift shop in it a number of years ago? If its the one i am thinkin of it looked like it was going to be a pool store. I may be way off...

  2. Look up and to the left of little building. Hidden in the overgrowth


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