B y Jaime Thomas
The ball is in Tom Burke’s court.
Local historians and concerned citizens, however, are hoping that isn’t a wrecking ball. At a meeting two weeks ago, they asked Town Supervisor Matt Hicks to write a letter to Burke, who owns the property that holds the old Quaker meeting house and two other buildings.
They wanted Hicks to request Burke donate the section of the property that holds the meeting house, as well as the building itself to the town.
Hicks wrote and sent the letter last week, but he hasn’t heard back yet from Burke. He said he is not sure the letter will have much impact, as it deals with a private building on a private property. He also referenced a letter Ellen Chase sent to the Sentinel editor last week and said it was too bad earlier action was not taken.
“There was an opportunity quite a few years ago for the Granville Heritage Society to take over the Meeting House. I had gone to ask the owner if I could go inside and see it. I went in and immediately knew this would be a great place for our Society to meet and display artifacts of Granville History. The building was offered to us, and I went back and mentioned it to them. Sad to say we lost out on that opportunity,” Chase said.
Jesse Howard, the contractor Burke has hired to demolish the property, said he was instructed to give no comment regarding the matter. He previously said the building will be destroyed as soon as it is clear of asbestos, which would not happen before March.
Burke was unable to be reached as of Tuesday after repeated attempts to contact him.