Sunday, October 10, 2021

Windmill Scuttlebutt

In my meanderings around the village I've encountered friends, neighbors and acquaintances all ready and willing to share the local gossip.  I posted some of that scuttlebutt on my Facebook page and drew an admonition from the Town Supervisor to be careful about spreading "fake" news.

I suspect that the stories gleaned over the past few days have more than a nugget of truth in them.  I admit that some may be embellished to a degree or in one case, at least, a bit of wishful thinking.

Let's start at the beginning:

The LeBlanc house (as I knew it in1975) was purchased by a Florida Lawyer named Cal and is being renovated by he, his girlfriend Jenna, a crew of workers and Cal's dad who is an electrician.  I've been given a preview tour and the prospective renovation is on tract to be spectacular.  No "fake" news here.

While at the post office yesterday and later in the day at the former Morristown Market/Dane's dinner I spoke with local friends and a contractor about the rumors circulating through the local gossip mill.

The red brick house across from the Market/diner on the corner of North Umberland St. and Main has been purchased.  Can't confirm what if any renovation has started.

The developer who had plans to replace the Harbor Inn with a new hotel restaurant a few years ago has reapplied for a permit to rekindle building said project.  In addition, he has purchased some additional waterfront property from Wright's Marina which will extend his holdings from the proposed hotel site on the bay to around the bay entrance to the condo complex.  Can't confirm whether or not he has had his permit application approved.

The former Masonic Temple has been purchased by someone from Texas.  Can't confirm the scuttlebutt saying that they propose to make it into a B&B.

I spoke with the owners of the Market/Diner last Thursday.  The place is for sale and they were expecting a realtor to arrive that day investigating for a possible buyer.  Can't confirm any sale agreement nor the speculation that an Irish Pub will be installed there.

The Charlton home on Morris street has been purchased.

The house across Morris St. from the Charlton house has been purchase by someone from the village.

The empty lot, formerly owned by Bill Bogardus, which abuts  Dr. Dunn's property has been purchased and is in the process of being clear-cut. (Update; 12 Oct., 2021. Heard the property was purchased by a man named Elliot Austin.  Possibly to build a storage bldg.)

The Dollar General store being erected just east of the village is progressing at a rapid pace and is projected to open on 5 December, 2021.

The sewer lift station being constructed west of Bay Street is nearing completion.  The bridge removal is projected to occur on 5 Nov. 2021.  And no walking bridge is being considered at this time.

Those are the facts as I know them to be.
Stay tuned for the next issue of the Windmill Scuttlebutt.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Bob!! Thanks! I enjoyed this.... Cindy

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Jewel said...

You will need that Dollar General after tonight's events.
Loved catching up on the news.

11:10 PM  

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