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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-24-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 24-30, 2019 PAWTUCKET 5 Spaulding House sold, protected PAWTUCKET – Preserve Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Pawtucket announced that on April 4, the permanent protec- tion of the 1828 Joseph Spaulding House was secured through a his- toric preservation easement. The well-preserved home is locat- ed at 30 Fruit St. in the historic Quality Hill section of Pawtucket. The easement, held by PRI, pro- tects the property from develop- ment and preserves the exterior and select interior features of the house forever. Following the execution of the easement, the PSP transferred own- ership of the property to private buyers who are required to adhere to the easement, as are all future owners. The easement, which PRI will monitor annually, also requires owners to maintain the building in good condition and abide by his- toric preservation standards. The house was sold on April 5. Proceeds from the sale will cover PSP's costs for easement prepara- tion and costs associated with sale of the property, PRI's easement stewardship fund, and the remain- ing divided between PSP and the Pawtucket Public Library, specifi- cally for the purpose of maintaining Betty Johnson's history research collection. The purchase price was not announced, but the home had been on the market for $199,000. In 2017, after five years of strug- gling to operate the house as a meeting place and Airbnb rental, the PSP investigated options for other sustainable, nonprofit uses. In 2018, the PSP concluded that sale of the property with an easement and transfer to a private owner was the best way to ensure its long-term preservation. "With the property protected and under new ownership, PSP can refocus its volunteer efforts on providing public programs that focus on its core mission to iden- tify, promote, and encourage the preservation of noteworthy histori- cal and architectural resources of Pawtucket," he said. Valerie Talmage, executive direc- tor of PRI, and Barbara Zdravesky, president of PSP, issued a joint statement upon execution of the easement and sale of the property: "Preserve Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Pawtucket recognize the historical and archi- tectural significance of the well-pre- served Joseph Spaulding House and believe the permanent protection of the property through a historic preservation easement and subse- quent sale to a private homeowner both honor Betty Johnson's wishes to preserve the house and continue to allow the public to appreciate the historic setting and architecture of this 19th century home," they said. THE SPAULDING HOUSE on Fruit Street. Its permanent protection was secured through a historic preservation easement.

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