Petition started to save historic cottage in Mystic
MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) - An antique cape that has been sitting on the Mystic River for nearly 200 years is coming down, and hundreds of people aren’t happy.
17 Gravel Street, a small white cape built in 1835 sits on the bucolic Mystic River with breathtaking views, but not for long.
A new owner received approval last month from the town to take it down and rebuild a similar looking house under new FEMA guidelines.
“I honestly think the land has just been derelict for so long. Rotted fences. I think it will be a vast improvement,” said Susan Crawford, a neighbor.
There’s an effort underway right now to save the structure and it’s gaining traction.
The Mystic River Historical Society launched a petition drive on change.org.
They have 1500 of 2500 signatures opposing the demolition.
Elizabeth Kading writes: “This is a historic house in a designated historic district.”
Joanna Case says: “It sets a very bad precedent.”
Others in the neighborhood agree.
“Is it going to start a precedent and then people can do whatever,” said Carol Fifteal of Mystic.
A representative of the new owner told the town they’ll keep the historic image alive and improve the property.
“I’m a lover of old homes and I’m a lover of our scape thing looking like this so I think they really have to have a lot of people on board to think it through before they just tear it down,” said Ann Bergendahl of Mystic.
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