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Clark House Moves Saturday, 6 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Common Street and Concord Avenue will be shut down with detours during Saturday morning.

The second time is the charm.

The Belmont Police Department and the town's announced today, Feb. 14, that the – the historic pre-Revolutionary era house that was nearly slated for the wreaking ball – will be moved from its home for the past 250 years at 59 Common St. to a temporary location adjacent to the Skip Viglirolo Skating Rink at 301/303 Concord Ave. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The move, according to Belmont Police Sgt. Benjamin Mailhot, will start at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to be finished by 1 p.m.

Theby permitting problems.

The move was required after the January Special Town Meetingthat would have moved the building onto town-owned land off of Royal Road.

There is currently plans to move the house to a parcel on Concord Avenue owned by a non-profit in the next few weeks.

Belmont Police will use its town-wide calling system on Friday to advise residents of Saturday's street closures

, will result in the closure of Common Street until the building passes by the commuter rail underpass. Once on Concord Street, the eastbound lane will be closed while the other half of the roadway will become a two-way street.

See the map on this webpage.

Parking will not be allowed along the travel route of the house for the entire move.

During the move, police detail officers will assist residents who live along the route with getting into or out of their driveways.

According to Mailhot, moving the house from its current location onto Common Street will take up the move's first two hours, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Once on the northern lane of Common Street, the move will being in earnest but at a walking pace. The house will travel down the hill onto the westbound lane of Concord Avenue up to the Mobil Station and the Belmont Public Library and then onto the Skating Rink's parking loop.  

This segment of the journey will take anywhere from two to four hours – from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or until noon – depending on how much tree trimming will be needed or other delays.

The final hour-and-a-half or two hours will be securing the house to the temporary location.

Until the house is on Concord Avenue, Common Street will be closed from Waverley Street to Royal Road.

Traffic will be detoured from Common Street to Waverley Street to Thomas Street to Clark Street to Royal Road, back onto the end of Common Street/Concord Avenue.

While the house is on Concord Avenue, there will be no detours.

But while the house negotiates its turn onto the Skating Rink parking loop, Concord Avenue will be closed from Concord Avenue to Goden Street to School Street to Common Street.

For more information, visit the town website or contact the Police Department at 617-484-1212.

Yury Kats February 15, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Any idea how one gets to the skating rink then for skating classes?
Matt Sullivan February 15, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Yury, I'd say park near the H.S. or the Lions Club and walk to the rink.
Yury Kats February 16, 2012 at 02:08 AM
From Belmont Recreation: Parking will be restricted on Concord Ave and at times it may be partially or completely closed. You may want to plan to arrive earlier than usual to allow for this delay. Remember, you can park on the side streets, including Goden, Oak and Myrtle St.

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