When lifelong Weymouth, Mass. resident Patrick Flaherty Jr. purchased 2.3 acres in his hometown, he initially planned on razing the 1768 Cape on the property, subdividing the lot, and building two new homes.
But after pushback from local residents who didn’t want to lose the historical home, Flaherty has decided to keep the 18th century home and still build two new ones, reports The Patriot Ledger staffer Jessica Trufant.
“I’m a lifelong resident and carpenter by trade, so if I can do something good for the town, I’m all for it,” Flaherty said. “A lot of people don’t know that Weymouth is the second-oldest town in Massachusetts and has a lot of history, so I want to see the house stay if possible.”
Mayor Robert Hedlund and planning department personnel met with Flaherty to discuss alternatives. “We came up with an incentive to make the project still financially rewarding (for Flaherty), because he’s taking on the added expense and offering a big public benefit,” Hedlund said.
As of now, Flaherty plans to build two period-appropriate homes that will match the historic neighborhood, such as a saltbox and a gambrel Cape. He also wants to restore and renovate the historic home, which he would then live in.
“If it all comes together, it will be nice moving in and restoring it myself,” he said. “It’s a win- win for everybody.”