Historic YMCA building in Vermont village facing demolition

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) — The days may be numbered for a former YMCA building in the Vermont village of Bellows Falls, but the current owner is still looking for ways to save the historic structure.

The Rutland Herald reports village trustees stopped short of ordering the demolition of the 1835-structure that was first built as a Methodist church.

The Meeting Waters YMCA occupied the building for about 50 years before selling it to Christopher Glennon two years ago for $1 on the understanding he would renovate it.

Glennon has done some work on the building, but has struggled to convince the village trustees that the building is restorable.

Municipal Manager Wendy Harrison says an engineer’s report found no option but demolition.

Trustees asked Glennon to give them an updated renovation plan by next month.

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