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March 29, 2012
STURBRIDGE — At its meeting on Monday, March 26, the Board of Selectmen expressed opposition to a citizen petition calling for the transfer from free cash the sum of $315,000 to purchase the property and buildings located at 310 Main Street.

The article was placed on the Annual Town Meeting warrant, but selectmen feel that purchasing the property next to Town Hall is a mistake, voting 4-0-1 to not support the purchase (Mary Blanchard abstained from voting). In addition, the board voted to release the executive session minutes associated with its discussions pertaining to the property over the last 15 months.

"It would be a good deal if the price was right, but that building is nowhere close to being worth $315,000," said Selectman Priscilla Gimas. "And that is just the amount needed to purchase the building. It would require even more money to renovate it."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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