Hathaway House hearing tonight

LACONIA — The Heritage Commission will hold a public hearing this evening on the future of the Hathaway House in the the City Council chamber at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In November, Cafua Management Company, LLC, the Dunkin' Donuts franchise holder that owns the property at 1106 Union Avenue formally applied for a demolition permit to raze the historic building.

Since the Hathaway House is more than 700-square-feet in area and 75 or more years old, as well as visible from a public right-of-way, the application was presented to the Heritage Commission for review. The commission refused to endorse the application and scheduled the public hearing in an effort to preserve the building.

Should the public hearing fail to produce an alternative to demolition, the Heritage Commission will meet with the owner within 10 days to seek agreement on an alternative. Without an agreement to preserve the building, the owner may proceed with demolition while the Heritage Commission, with the consent of the owner, can photograph and document the building as well as encourage the owner to salvage any of its important architectural features.