Letter: In Pembroke, a keeper
At last year’s Pembroke town meeting, a warrant article driven by a citizen’s petition voted to form a committee to analyze the town-owned property at 4-6 Union St., the Perry Eaton Building. The accumulated information is available on Pembroke’s website and at town hall.
This property provides almost a quarter of our municipal parking for the downtown (Suncook), snow storage area, community meeting space, a fire-resistant walk-in vault for historic documents and businesses that provide employment and federal, state, and local revenue while providing patrons to the other surrounding businesses.
When the business owners and residents finish using the parking lot during the day, the lot serves the functions of the Masonic Hall and the Suncook United Methodist Church, as well as residents.
This property is an active and vital component of our community and the best part is that expenses, repairs, and taxes are paid for out of the rental income. Since 2005, the property has even benefited from enough rental income to cover over $37,000 worth of improvements.
If the town ever needs additional space, this rock-solid building is ready to serve. There will likely be a vote to keep this property or sell it at town meeting Saturday. Please take some time to understand this property. You will find it is definitely a keeper.