WINCHESTER — The town’s Historic District Commission wants extra help on a tough decision.
The commission voted Monday to hire a consultant to review the historic value of the house at 71 Main St.
A developer has applied to the commission for permission to demolish the building, which is in the historic district, and replace it with a Dollar General store.
The commission voted to hire Lynne Emerson Monroe, a Kensington historic preservation consultant, to report on the history and architecture of the building, according to Vice Chairwoman Julia Ferrari.
Applicant Zaremba Group of Cleveland still has to confirm that it will pay Monroe’s fee of $2,500, Ferrari said.
The commission is scheduled to vote on the application on July 11.
Controversy over the proposal has pitted those who say the vacant, derelict building should be replaced with a new business against those who say the store doesn’t fit in the historic district.
The building is owned by Margaret Sharra, a member of the town’s planning board, and her two brothers.