- Associated Press - Monday, August 28, 2017

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire town Board of Selectmen has approved demolition for a 191-year-old building that’s served as a chapel, community center and classroom after its current owner said it would cost too much to renovate it.

The Laconia Sun reports (https://bit.ly/2wWq8UJ ) the 3,600-square-foot the Grange Hall in New Hampton has been approved to be torn down as early as this week, pending potential traffic or environmental concerns.

Voters last month rejected a proposal to acquire the unused building and move it near the 228-year-old New Hampton Town House.

The New Hampton Community Church acquired the building in 1995. Pastor Scott Mitchell said the high cost of rehabilitating it convinced the church that it would be best to demolish it. He said there’s a “desperate shortage” of parking.

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