The Tamworth community is invited to send comments on the architect’s drawings and plans for Quaker City Mercantile’s new and rehabbed buildings on the Tamworth Inn site. are posted on the wall at the Lyceum in the Village (also viewable in attached pdf) and Steven Grasse, Jamie Oakes et al encourage us all to come in, or open this PDF, take a look and provide feedback within the next week to: [email protected]
The following is a summary of the meeting at the Lyceum on August 14th, 2012:
At 10 am this morning, community members filled the Tamworth Lyceum in order to hear Steve Grasse’s presentation about his plans for the Tamworth Inn. Because the Inn is eligible for designation as a historic property on the National Register of Historic Places, the property must be reviewed and documented photographically before a “Memorandum of Agreement” can be signed with the State of NH, and permits can be obtained. Plans can be set into motion only after all permitting is completed. All parties concerned anticipate that the signing of this agreement will take place by the end of September, and groundbreaking is likely to begin in spring of 2013.
The existing building contains three segments. The exterior of the westernmost section will be preserved and restored to appear much as it does now (the interior will be gutted), and in exactly the same location. It will be raised up and a new reinforced concrete foundation will be built underneath it, with granite facings added to preserve its historical appearance. Mr. Grasse hasn’t decided what this building will house, but he mentioned the possibility of a small pub & restaurant featuring locally produced foods.
The other two sections to the east will be torn down completely. A new building in a similar architectural style will be constructed to the east of the preserved building, with a twenty foot space (required fire separation) in between the two. This new building will house a distillery and tasting room, a small ‘parfumerie’ for production of perfumes, botanicals and essential oils, and a shop space. Pollution control and water use for these businesses will be carefully addressed. The existing septic system is inadequate and definitely will be replaced.
The “garden barn” behind and to the west of the Inn will be restored as it was when first built and will be moved slightly east to move it further from the property line on the west. It will be made available for community events such as the Tamworth Outing Club contra dances.
Mr. Grasse, who is the owner of the Tamworth Lyceum, intends to make it possible for community members to express their concerns and opinions online as the renovation process for the Tamworth Inn unfolds.