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What Should Go Here at 70 Endicott St.?

Home to Peabody's original Electric Light Plant.

It's been several years since the property at 70 Endicott St. was in active use.

The building does have local historic value -- construction began in 1891 and finished the following year on Peabody's first Electric Light Plant.

Town officials at the time had to file special legislation to operate a municipal utility after being overturned in court...but that's a story for another day.

The Peabody Municipal Light Plant discontinued all use of the building and turned it over to the city in 2002 for the School Department to use for central offices. That continued until 2006.

In the years since, the city has tried on multiple occasions to sell or lease the property, but all without success for a variety of reasons. Some of the proposals for the site that the city received included a health clinic and condos.

So what would you like to see happen with this old brick structure? Let us know in the comment section below.

BT December 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
That building has water and mold issues making it an entirely unhealthy environment. It needs to be torn down and water issues need to be addressed before anything is built at that location.
K December 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Peabody Family Resource Center. It would be the perfect location to have the free playgroup that is currently at the Kiley Building. You can also have a "Teen Spot", where teens can go to "hang out" in a safe environment instead of the mall or the streets. It can also be a place to provide services to Families in need. Help them find the help they need. No more overpriced condos!
Mary McCarthy December 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I have been thinking the same thing. I would truly like to see a youth center in Peabody. It would be so nice to have the young people of this city a place to go after school, on weekends, and most importantly during the summer. Thank you Kristian for your input.
Calvin December 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I would like to see it torn down.

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