CHATHAM – A new proposal has been filed for the historic home at 154 Champlain Rd. that would save the antique building but would relocate it on the property to make room for a new house.
Known as Starboard Light, the circa 1860 Cape—portions of which may date to 1800—is currently under an 18-month demolition delay order from the historical commission.
Prospective buyer Robert Moss filed the application last week with the permission of property owner Robert Mahoney. Mahoney has said that he has no intention of demolishing the house, and has been seeking someone interested in moving it to another location or renovating on its existing site. Moss is a Southborough resident who owns the Del Mar restaurant property on Main Street. According to his application, Moss is a recently retired builder with 35 years experience in the field.
Moss' proposal includes demolishing the rear sections of the house, which the commission has ruled is not historically significant, and moving the main house to the east and farther back on the lot. A new main house would be constructed in the old house's existing location, but further back from the road and facing west instead of south. A saltbox garage and other structures would be attached to the original house. The height of the new construction would be limited to about 19 feet in keep with a view/height easement that Mahoney will retain.
“The entire project is being designed to have the 'added on' look as with many historic structures in New England,” according to the application narrative.
The proposal is scheduled to be heard by the historical commission on Oct. 1
The house was the subject of “Starboard Light,” a documentary film about the decision by the Fitzhugh family to sell the home that had been in their extended family for generations.