I don't know if the number of vacant properties for sale in our village is a good thing or not, but there they are. The building that recently housed the Zelek business, is up for sale as is the property just to the east of it next to the country store that has been long vacant. We've been here 13 years and it has always been vacant in that time frame.
Of course the Berry Pond Motel has been up for sale for awhile and there was rumored to be some interested party in the property, but fell through. Right next to it is the former Gilligans/ Maurices/ Country Fare building built around 1820, sitting vacant and visibly deteriorating. Definitely needs a lot of work.
The old school house/police barracks ( encompasses the little pond) next to the Methodist Church is also for sale as is the little house between the two properties. That is a fair amount of property right in the center of the Village on just about all sides of the Town offices and Library complex.
What is sold and what will become of the properties is any one's guess. We do have a road map of sorts with the Village Vision report which should provide some guidance for any development, but these properties are in the end, privately owned, and we need to balance the evolution of the village with the rights of property owners Not always an easy balance, but I lean toward not doing anything that diminishes property value or unduly inhibits their ability to sell.
Case in point: we have had two different "dollar" type stores that had a serious interest in locating in our town, one in the village and one a few miles west and neither were welcomed with open arms and now seem to be dead issues. Viable businesses that would fill a niche and bring a few jobs.
My hope is that all these properties will find new owners soon, and go from vacant to productive, and provide value to the village and the town for many years to come. We will never be Meredith or Center Harbor, but what we may become is just an enhanced version of what we have always been: a small rural town in New Hampshire. Nothing wrong with that.