copyright the Chronicle October 14, 2015
by Elizabeth Trail
BARTON — About 30 people attended an afternoon meeting of the Greater Barton Arts and Artists on Saturday at the dilapidated Water Street house that just may become their new home.
Those who came to the meeting agreed in principle that the century old house and barn would be a good place for an arts center. A few signed up to contribute time and skills to the project, and about 15 made pledges of financial support of $25 to $50 per month — enough to cover a mortgage payment and taxes.
The group’s organizers, Ed and Adrien Helm, have negotiated an option to buy the place from its current owner, James Ballard, for $45,000. The price includes the $21,000 Mr. Ballard spent this summer on a new steel roof, some foundation work, as well as a promise to replace the upstairs ceilings, which were damaged by… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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