Aug 072014

Dear Editor,

The Town of Groton is about to reissue a Request for Proposals for the sale of the Prescott School. As was evident at the Spring town meeting, there are many varied opinions as to how this important and historically significant building should be used. Even the Prescott School Reuse Committee could not reach a consensus.

Perhaps those with passionate ideas and sufficient resources should collaborate and make a joint effort to acquire and reuse the property in a way that can serve many interests including the public. Otherwise, it will likely become an office building occupied by employees who drive here to work, buy a coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and later on maybe buy something for lunch, complete their eight hour shifts, and then drive home to somewhere other than Groton. If that’s the best we can do, so be it. Personally, I think the property deserves a better fate. All we need is a wealthy benefactor who could use some Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives!

As the Realtor responsible for the expanded marketing of town owned properties, I am trying to explore all options for the reuse of the Prescott School. The inquiries I have received thus far have all been about housing options. The appraisal commissioned by the town last April noted that the highest and best use of the property would indeed be housing, particularly rental housing. However, this is not what the current Board of Selectmen envision.


John H Carver, Broker-Owner
eRealty-MA, LLC
56 Mclains Woods Road
Groton, MA 01450-1000