The Colonial Inn’s owner has appealed a town board’s August denial of his request to demolish the historic building at 153 W. King St.
Francis Henry filed the appeal Monday to the town’s Board of Adjustment, just beating the 30-day deadline for contesting the Historic District Commission’s decision.
The Board of Adjustment will consider his appeal at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, said town planner Tom King.
The Board of Adjustment only considers sworn testimony and evidence presented in a quasi-judicial hearing. If Henry disagrees with that board’s decision, he can file an appeal in Orange County Superior Court.
Henry bought the Colonial Inn for $410,000 in 2001, but it since has fallen into disrepair as he battled with town officials over required repairs and the inn’s potential for residential and commercial use.
Town officials have considered several options for preserving the inn, including using the state’s law of eminent domain to seize the building for public use, but the cost to buy and renovate it would be significant, they said.
Mayor Tom Stevens declined to talk about the building’s future while Henry’s demolition application is being considered. Although private investors have offered to buy the building, Henry has turned them down, residents said.