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Bid Awarded to Demolish Yorktown Farmhouse

A bid was awarded Monday night for the demolition of the Melbourne Farmhouse at the Yorktown school board meeting.

The bid for $247,900 for the demolition and abatement of the hotly-debated farmhouse was awarded to NAC industries. The source of the funds will come from a bond approved by voters in 2006.

“It has more asbestos than anyone ever thought,” said board President Jackie Carbone after the meeting. “Even out best guesswork didn’t realize there was this much—the amount of work and abatement because of this is exhaustive, it’s more than anyone thought.”

Carbone said the project is slated to start in a few weeks—once necessary legal contracts are approved and signed. Carbone stressed that the funds are coming from a bond approved five years ago by voters, and that the board is demolishing the farmhouse as per the vote in 2006.

At prior school board and town board meetings, members of the school board explained that they had examined all possible options before deciding to demolish the farmhouse. Community residents who advocated for preserving the school sought to create a Landmark Preservation Committee, where they could ask the town to declare the house an historical landmark .

The demolition of the Melbourne Farmhouse has been debated for years. What's your opinion?

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