Lachat house plans are sent out to bid

The town has put the restoration of the Lachat farmhouse work out to bid.

Architect Robert Hatch submitted plans and bid specifications to Town Administrator Tom Landry last week to stabilize the farmhouse on property co-owned by the town and the Nature Conservancy. A dual lease agreement allows the town to choose what it does with the buildings and about 19 acres of meadow area along Godfrey Road West.

About a year ago, the Board of Selectmen began discussing the possibility of demolishing the crumbling farmhouse on the property, which used to belong to the late Leon Lachat, who ran one of the last working farms in town there.

A Friends of Lachat group formed at that time to raise money to save the farmhouse. To date, the non-profit organization has raised about $125,000 in private donations and pledges.

Sealed bids are being accepted for excavation and repair of stone foundation with damp proof, shoring of floor joists, installation of new lally supports with concrete base, and replacement of a cellar window.

Bids are due by 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.

The newly appointed Select Committee for Oversight of the Lachat Property is expected to oversee the project once a contractor is chosen.

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