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Centre Farm begins a new chapter with sale, construction


Centre Farm will soon be moving into the 21st century. With construction beginning a few weeks ago, the Town of Lynnfield took some big steps to modernize the property, which dates back to 1785.

Owing to a seasonably warm day, Bob Conway and his crew of CM Conway Construction began installing a septic system to the historic house. The change is the first of a few to the centuries-old building, which still has toilets from the 18th century.

The day before (April 11), the Board of Selectmen made the sale of the property official with the stroke of a pen. The Miglieros, a family in town, will take over the property on June 14, 2017.

The sale comes after months of negotiating with the state over the terms of the historic preservation restriction, a set of rules for altering a property deemed “historic.” The Miglieros just recently submitted three additional changes, which are pending approval by the Historical Preservation Commission. Town Counsel Tom Mullen did not elaborate, but said that these changes would “not be visible from the street” and that the commission appeared “fairly fine” with the submission.

“The changes and renovations are going to make it spectacular again,” said the Board of Selectmen Chairman at the time, Phil Crawford. “I think everyone’s going to be very pleased with the final product.”

“I can’t think of a better scenario than what’s happened here,” he added.

By Melanie Higgins

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