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Claremont Auctions Off Former Community Center, Farmhouse

Following up on a story we brought you last week, nine tax­-deeded properties sold at a no reserve auction Saturday at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, including the Goodwin Community Center and a historic farmhouse. Richard Sager of NH Tax Auctions held the auction on behalf of the city, which walked away with over $231,000 when all was said and done.

The Goodwin Community Center was bought by Springfield investor Darrell Lee for $60,000. Lee also bought the East Street School in Springfield last year. He said his plans are to renovate the community center and potentially open a business in the gymnasium. The Cupola Farm at 54 Windsor Road was bought by Len Weldon on behalf of Northern Heritage Mills.

The organization hopes to transform the property into an education center and museum to inspire young women to take part in STEM (that being Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related fields. The combined appraised value of the properties sold was roughly 1.5 million and successful bidders have until April 22 to close on the properties.

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