Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – New England College expects Sharon Arts Center deal to be done early this year

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Posted: 1/3/2022 11:59:19 AM

Modified: 1/3/2022 11:58:46 AM

The Sharon Arts Center could be sold in early 2022, after more than two years of vacancy.

New England College currently owns the center, and school spokesperson Jen Robertson said it expects to close the sale in early 2022, but no further information on the buyer was available.

The property is listed by Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty – formerly Petersons Real Estate – for $ 875,000. It has been closed since the summer of 2019, after the New Hampshire Art Institute in Manchester, which absorbed the center in 2012, merged with NEC, and underutilized NHIA properties, including the Sharon Arts Center, have been closed.

At the time, university spokesperson Tom Horgan said, “This is a community arts center and we are a higher education institution. Our main mission is to serve students who seek to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees. Therefore, running a community arts center is not in line with our main mission.

As the facility closed, local residents and members of the arts community expressed sorrow for the loss of the center, which had been open as a community arts institution for 73 years.

According to Sotheby’s, the sale of the building is in progress. Neither the real estate agency nor the college could confirm who the buyer is, or what their eventual intention for the space might be.


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