Flatbet trailer extensions

Mid-island trailer at HDC today

Editor’s Note: The HDC did not address the discussion of the mid-island trailer extension request at its September 23 meeting. It is now on the agenda for its September 28 session.

(September 23, 2021) Diane Coombs says she will vote a strong ‘no’ on a request this afternoon to the Historic District Commission that would keep the modular trailer at the Sparks Avenue rotary for use as city meeting space for the next two years.

“We are trying to keep the island the way it should,” Coombs said. “The city does not know how financially it would harm Nantucket to lose its designation as a National Historic Landmark.”

The trailer has been around in recent years, first as a classroom at Nantucket Elementary School, then as a temporary snack at Miacomet Golf Course when its clubhouse was damaged by a fire it four years ago.

The Select Board approved a $ 148,000 contract last October to remove the trailer from its casing and lay it on a foundation on the site of the old fire station.

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