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MassChallenge founder and CEO John Harthorne tells the Boston Globe’s Ellen Ishkanian that he’s disappointed plans to open a satellite branch of his non-profit at the vacant former Newton Centre Library  fell through.

… Harthorne called the former library, “a beautiful space,” and said he has been inside the building and that it could have worked for his organization without the major repairs some aldermen believed to be necessary.

But Alderman Vicky Danberg isn’t so sure about that. She told Ishkanian that it would be “unconscionable to rent to anyone.”

“While MassChallenge has indicated an ability to work in spartan conditions, the building’s condition, with leaking windows and roof, cracked sills, bare wood and systems beyond their useful life, makes it a liability to the city and arguably unconscionable to rent to anyone in its present condition.”

Also see this memo from Alderman Deb Crossley written after touring the building last week.  Crossley also distributed photos of the interior and exterior  of the building. They were included in the alderman’s Friday packet. I’m not able to open them but perhaps someone else can.







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