• Plymouth to demolish properties ravaged by Irene
     | September 19,2013

    The town of Plymouth is accepting bids to demolish three properties that were destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene. Shown here is the home of Susan Mordecai on Route 100 in Plymouth.

    PLYMOUTH — The town of Plymouth is accepting bids to demolish three properties destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.

    The bid process is for the demolition and site stabilization of two homes on Route 100 and a former business on Route 100A. The properties include the home of Dorothy and Roger Pingree at 5889 Route 100, the home of Susan Mordecai at 5949 Route 100 and the former Farmbrook Motel at 706 Route 100A.

    The town assumed ownership of all three properties this spring, but the Select Board had determined they would no longer be used for private property purposes.

    “I don’t think there’s much use to the town for any of these properties,” Select Board Chairman Ralph Michael said. “Once we get through the demolition, we’ll do some site restoration. But the town will no longer be able to use them for anything.”

    The Great Roaring Brook, which merges with the Black River, flooded during Tropical Storm Irene on Aug. 28, 2011. It caused significant damages to nearby homes and resulted in a total loss for both the Pingrees and Mordecai. The properties have been abandoned ever since the storm.

    Pinney Hollow Brook flooded the area where the Farmbrook Motel was located and a small brook behind the property also caused damage. That smaller brook passed under the suites at the motel and emptied into Pinney Hollow Brook. During Irene, the water became so high and ran so fast it dug a wider path and broke apart some of the foundation.

    Michael said the Pingree home had been in the family for almost 150 years. Mordecai’s home and the Farmbrook Motel were built much later. All of them survived the 1973 flooding, he said.

    Bob Ennis of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, the organization that funded the buyouts, said the selected bidder will be responsible for removing asbestos prior to demolition. Once the homes are demolished, all materials will be removed and the land will be graded over.

    Ennis said when the work is done the parcels still might have value and can serve some kind of a purpose.

    “There are opportunities for towns to transfer the properties to conservation agencies,” Ennis said. “Once everything is stabilized, then there will be open space.”

    The deadline to bid on demolition work for the town is 4 p.m. Sept. 26. For more information call Ennis at 457-3188 or email bennis@troc.org.



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