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Reading will allow local appeal to demolition delay

After Erin Calvo-Bacci and her husband, Carlo Bacci, sold their Wakefield home, the couple moved their young family into cramped quarters above their chocolate shop in Reading while they waited to pass papers on their Main Street commercial building and invest the proceeds in a new house.

But two years have passed, and the developer who had offered to buy the property is long gone. The deal fell apart when the Reading Historical Commission  deemed the 19th-century building worthy of preservation and added it — along with 98 others — to the town’s list of historic structures,  an inventory that includes about 350 sites.

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