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New London historic house needs to be moved to build parking lot

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An historic house in New London is on sale for a $1. However, the house has to be moved off the property so a parking lot can be built.

The 1828 Greek Revival House on Ocean Avenue is a significant piece of the city's past.

"A small house like that is very unique in New London," said Sandra Chalk of New London Landmarks.

The property where the house sits was purchased by the owners of a pizza restaurant across the street for $75,000. They bought the land because the restaurant needs the site for more off-street parking for its patrons.

"It is not a big house, so it is not an impossible thing to move," Chalk said. "If somebody has a place to put it."

New London Landmarks has previously moved buildings such as the railroad station in 1976. However, staffers are having a hard time moving the home, which needs a considerable amount of work.

"With more time, I think you could find somebody, but we are on a very short leash here," Chalk said.

New London allows preservation groups 90 days to try and save a building slated for demolition. There is only a month left before the building will be demolished.

"We are our history and what makes people live in New London and unique and interesting community are our historic buildings," Chalk said. "And our historic homes."

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