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    Default Want a 150-year-old jail, for free?



    ...if you’ve got an idea and are interested in an old historic jail then Mandy Rennehan has a steal of a deal for you.

    She is giving the jail away for free.



    https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/bu...r-free-468045/
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    Default Re: Want a 150-year-old jail, for free?

    Too many ghosts.

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    Wuss...
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    Default Re: Want a 150-year-old jail, for free?

    Won't you come down
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    To Yarmouth town.

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    Default Re: Want a 150-year-old jail, for free?

    Portsmouth Naval Prison on the river between New Hampshire and Maine has many of the same problems - thick walls and small rooms. It is very difficult to repurpose. Perhaps the smaller building could be adapted more easily, but it is a challenge.

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    A person who became a major Cape developer had had a wild youth through twenties and spent more than one night in a cell in the old Hyannis police station at Elm and Willow. When a new station was built he bough the building and rehabbed it first as a women's health clinic and later as office. My friend had her law office there for some years. One great feature was that across the hall from her office was a cell that the developer kept in place telling folk that it was his favorite cell. My friend sometimes had clients who were having a hard time facing their charges. Her standard gag was to offer them space in her "cool down" space, if they needed it.

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    themed B&B? Striped Pajamas and breakfast in the cell?
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    Very cool old building.

    Offices for progessive organizations sounds like one thought.

    Another I imagine she'd be partial to is a training center for youth wanting to get into the trades. We have a local model for that called YouthBuilders - run by an old friend for years.

    And another - spaces for artists & crafts people.

    One would have to tap into local knowledge to help develop full business plans for whatever scheme inspired you.

    One immediate concern would be renovation costs. Free boat? SameSame. Do you have the resources to do the renovations. If a seismic upgrade would be required (not surprising for an ancient masonry building)... that alone could be prohibitive.
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    I once spent one night in a hotel in Amsterdam which used to be a prison during the second world war.
    I slept in one of the former cell's.
    I didn't sleep well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchpp View Post
    I once spent one night in a hotel in Amsterdam which used to be a prison during the second world war.

    In my youth I was doing what every young man in Atlantic Canada seemed to do in the late 'sixties / early 'seventies and hitchhiked to Toronto, staying in youth hostels along the way. The youth hostel in the centre of Old Town Quebec was in the former penitentiary. I stayed in a lovely cell with an awesome view out over the old town.
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    Yeah, those were the times. The hotel I mentioned is certainly worth checking out, it's called the Lloyd hotel Amsterdam, just don't book a room in the cellar. The hotel is close to the Scheepvaartmuseum https://www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.nl which is certainly a mandatory destination for a wooden boat lover.

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    Cool!! If I had some money . . .
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    Just the place to be during lockdown.
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    Wine cellar extra-ordinaire, with accompanying Jazz bar.

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    Default Re: Want a 150-year-old jail, for free?

    I'm with David and Ian, Art Space.

    I imagine H&S might be an issue, and fire regulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I'm with David and Ian, Art Space.

    I imagine H&S might be an issue, and fire regulations.
    I've had my fill of cold, dark, damp art studios thanks.

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