Abiding Tide Mill

Developers eyeing property in the rarified Sasco Hill area of town

Developers eyeing property in the rarified Sasco Hill area of town face formidable opposition. In addition to well-heeled organizations like the Sasco Hill Neighborhood Association and the 128-year-old Sasquanaugh Association, Town Plan and Zoning meetings on proposed new structures inevitably draw neighbors who are not only vocal but well-versed in history, tradition and architecture. That’s who Love Where You Live, LLC, a local construction company, faced in January when it proposed a new two-story mixed-use building at the corner of the Post and Sasco Hill roads. Pride of show for the opposition was Dr. William Keuffner, ninety-three, who owns and lives atop the Tide Mill Building, a historic landmark straddling Southport Harbor. The weathered gristmill, the kind of structure Southporters and Sasco Hillers revere, was built in 1712 on an island where farmers once grazed sheep. Having survived the Pequot Indian Wars, the American Revolution and three centuries of storms, it is in no mood for a glass-and-concrete newcomer. Rather than rebut Dr. Keuffner, the contractor requested a postponement of the hearing.

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