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Board of Selectman, Directors Plan Holcomb Farm Improvements

Holcomb Farm Inc. and the town of Granby are working together to bring about improvements the farm's board of directors planned several years ago.

The Board of Selectmen discussed the issue at its Jan. 13 meeting and gave preliminary approval to use state funding for the project. The town was initially awarded a $500,000 STEAP grant for the farm, which it plans to use for the improvements, along with funds from Holcomb Farm.

The town also expects to supply about $25,000-worth of in-kind donation of services, namely removing structures, Town Manager William Smith said at the meeting.

According to Smith, there is a north barn on the property, which cannot be saved and has been deemed unsafe for use. But to preserve the landscape, the Holcomb Board of Directors would like to maintain the barn's facade.

"We will maintain the vista, the facade of what is there, in order to not change the complexion of the facilities," Smith explained.

The board would like to see a pavilion that would be useable for events, located nearby, Smith said.

The Board of Selectmen will again review the issue once more specifics, as well as cost estimates, are known. 
Paul Bahre January 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM
What purpose is a barn facade if there is no barn behind it? Take the whole thing down and be down with it. If you want the look of a barn there then dig down deep and spend some more of our money and build a barn. It's beyond ignorance to keep a barn facade with no barn. One more thing. Is this place going to ever turn a profit or at least break even or will it be a permanent mill stone on the backs of the Granby Budget forever?
Sheila January 24, 2014 at 07:02 AM
I agree. Holcomb Farm is supposed to be a working farm and an educational resource, not a movie set. If it's past saving (and is actually dangerous), tear the barn down. Sell off the materials, or use them to build another structure on the farm. Let's teach our kids something about Yankee thrift instead of treating our town like Hollywood or Disney World. Landscapes change, and not always for the better. The best we can do is make sure the changes are necessary and useful.

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