Appraiser with expertise in historic buildings will look at Hathaway House on Tuesday

LACONIA —Pam Clark, who chairs the city's Heritage Commission, said yesterday that the commission will meet at the Hathaway House on Tuesday with Maggie Stier of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, who will be accompanied by an appraiser experienced in assessing, evaluating and relocating historic buildings.

Clark said the purpose of the meeting was to determine whether preserving the Hathaway House on another site is a "viable project."

After a public hearing on the future of the Hathaway House in January Clark, together with City Manager Scott Myers, met with Greg Nolan of Cafua Management Company, LLC, the owner of the building. In September, Cafua applied for permit to demolish the Hathaway House. The upshot of the meeting was agreement that the interests of both the owner of Hathaway House and those seeking to preserve it, hinged on relocating the building.

The entrance to the Dunkin' Donuts outlet that Cafua owns runs within feet of the front door of the Hathaway House, effectively foreclosing prospects to convert the building to a either a residential or commercial use at its current location.

Nolan, Clark said, has agreed to "provide a reasonable window of opportunity to explore the possibility of relocating the building." She said that Nolan assured her that "there is no imminent time frame for demolition" and should the company decide to pursue that course the Heritage Commission will be given ample notice."