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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River & Grove

In the early 1900s, residential houses occupied much of what is now retail space in downtown Farmington–like Dress Barn at Grand River and Grove. Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor. VINTAGE POINT … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Farmington From Above

In 1930s Farmington, much of the area outside the immediate downtown–like the neighborhood between Grand River (at center) and Freedom–was still open land. See the then-and-now slider here. Historic photo from Brian Golden/Heritage & History Center. Contemporary image from Bing.com … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Back to school

The original Farmington High School stood at the end of School Street, just off Grand River at the east side of downtown. It was built in 1888 and burned to the ground in 1918. The building at left in the … Continue reading

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Six-month review: Looking forward

Preservation Farmington was launched six months ago today. It started last fall, when several of us on the Farmington Historical Commission resigned to speak out against new city plans that threatened our downtown’s historic character. Fans of Farmington history will … Continue reading

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Maxfield Redevelopment: A First Look at Proposals

Late last fall, the Maxfield Training Center went on the market as its owner, Farmington Public Schools, sought a developer for the long-vacant surplus property. The 58,675-square-foot building stands on about three acres of land and is located on Thomas … Continue reading

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Welcome to Preservation Farmington

Redevelopment and historic preservation, and how the two intersect, are hot topics in the city of Farmington. Over the past few months, we’ve seen redevelopment plans that threaten hundred-year-old houses, a petition to save them, and discussions of parking space … Continue reading

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