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The mansion on South Street has been deteriorating for years.

Historic Cheshire Mansion Goes to Foreclosure Auction

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The decrepit former Beechwood Nursing Home on South Street will be up for auction Friday.
Auctioneers Daniel P. McLaughlin & Co have listed the property to go to auction Friday at noon.
The 6,390 square foot, 19th-century Second Empire mansion at 12 South St. has sat vacant for years and has fallen into disrepair. 
In 2014, Dollar General planned to demolish the structure and in its place build a general store, however, this received pushback from the community. The store ended up moving north down the street. The mansion continued to deteriorate 
Over the years, the Selectmen have been petitioned by residents to take some sort of action on the building that is a safety hazard and an obvious eyesore. 
However, the town has been hesitant to touch the property after taking on the expensive demolition of the adjacent former Tiffany Greens in 2011.
In 2020, the building inspector officially deemed the building unsafe and the Selectmen looked into taking the property for back taxes. But the board was told it would be a lengthy and expansive process. 

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