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More Options For Saving Clark House

Placing two-and-a-half century old house on Royal Road not only town-land that could be used.

To the editor:

We are writing in response to the recently approved Town Meeting Warrant as reported in the Belmont Patch (, Dec 9).  The article suggests that the only option to saving the Thomas Clark House is in the hands of the nearly 300 Town Meeting representatives; this is not correct.

It is unfortunate that the significantly complex developer-driven relocation of the Clark house to Royal Road is the only option included on the January Town Meeting Warrant. The town owns several additional large parcels of land, including,

• 29,440 sq. ft. of land at 2 Common St. (large open area next to the historic Wellington Station),

• 17,716 sq. ft. of land at 130 Orchard St. (across from the Wellington School), and

• more than 20,000 sq. ft. of land between 32 and 50 School St. (also across from the Wellington School).  

All three of these sites are very close to the original site on Common Street and could be wonderful and respectful new homes for the 1760 structure. 

There have also been offers from individuals outside of Belmont to take the house. While this might require the structure to be partially disassembled and reassembled, that may in fact be the safest way to transport the house.

If anyone has additional ideas about how to save the Thomas Clark House, they should contact the Belmont Historic District Commission.

Meryl and Kyle Junik

Royal Road

PJ Looney December 22, 2011 at 03:18 PM
"There have also been offers from individuals outside of Belmont to take the house. While this might require the structure to be partially disassembled and reassembled, that may in fact be the safest way to transport the house." Did these offers come out before or after the article was drafted for TM? If the goal is preserving a historical asset and there are individuals willing and able to provide land and the financial resources to maintain the structure why not start with that path vs. opening a can of worms at TM?
Sharon December 22, 2011 at 09:35 PM
My concern regarding the proposal to place it on Royal Road is that this would preclude using that land for the proposed bicycle path. A bicycle path would bring people into Belmont without additional congestion and parking issues and benefit the citizens of Belmont and the surrounding area for generations to come. There does not seem to have been any really effort made to investigate alternative locations for the Clark House in Belmont or beyond.
Meryl December 23, 2011 at 05:48 PM
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