"Frustrated in their attempt to build housing at the Ames Shovel Shops, the owners of the historic complex are pursuing a new path: Rent out what space they can and tear down the rest.
Developers George and Robert Turner last week applied for permits to raze all of the stone and wood structures on the eight-acre site in the center of town. Their application came two days after the town Zoning Board of Appeals agreed to allow development of affordable housing at the complex, but with construction restrictions to protect historic character. The Turners say the restrictions go too far and make their project impossible.
The Easton Historical Commission can delay the demolition for one year; the Turners applied for demolition permits to start that clock ticking.
Town officials have pledged a fight to save the historic structures."