Support the preservation of Lizzie Borden's elementary school

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The Nathaniel B. Borden School (c.1867) in Fall River, Massachusetts, the former elementary school of Lizzie Borden, may soon be demolished.

The owners of the nearby T.A. Restaurant purchased the property from the city for $5,000 in 2012 with a promise to preserve and redevelop the school while also creating additional parking for their restaurant and other neighborhood businesses.

However, after seven years and little progress towards that plan, the property owners have now filed for a permit to demolish the building for parking. This has triggered a six-month demolition delay per a city ordinance to provide one last chance for major stakeholders to find a mutually desired path to saving the building. The demolition delay expires on October 18, 2019.

Although nothing can be done to stop the demolition of this private property after the delay has expired, the Preservation Society of Fall River would like to demonstrate the support any plan to save and reuse this historic building would have.

The current owners originally submitted their 2012 plan to redevelop the N.B. Borden School with petitions that had a total of 19 signatories.

We ask Fall River residents, along with preservationists and history fans around the country, to show that support for preserving this piece of Fall River and Lizzie Borden history has only grown!