Concord farm eyed for townhouses

A Concord developer has filed plans to replace the historic Abbott house and farm on North State Street in Concord with 86 luxury townhouses, each with its own elevator.

The homes would start at $400,000 and be marketed to people 55 and over. The driveway to the gated community would run through the heart of where the Abbott house has stood since 1760.

The Concord Monitor reported that Yves Tanguay plans to turn the 15.28-acre colonial farm into Brownstone Village, selling the townhouses as condominiums.

Tanguay said he would give away the three-story Abbott farmhouse to anyone who has the means to remove it from the property.

First, though, he’d have to go through the city’s demolition review board, created by an ordinance enacted in 2001.

Tanguay said he anticipated a battle from preservationists. At the same time, he said he hopes the city will see the attractiveness of his project.

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