Buzzards Bay Radome Still Topic of Controversy
About 30 people showed up to a meeting at Dartmouth Town Hall in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, April 30, to hear the fate of the Round Hill radome, which appears safe-for now.
The historic structure has been a valuable landmark for mariners on Buzzards Bay for decades, but Boston venture capitalist James Bevilacqua, who recently acquired the 11-acre property on which the radome stands, wants to tear down the tower. The contractor for the proposed project and Bevilacqua's attorney spoke in favor of the demolition at the meeting to the Dartmouth Historical Commission.
After two and a half hours, the end result was a unanimous vote by the commission that the radome falls under DHC jurisdiction, and another unanimous vote to impose a six-month delay in demolition while preservation possibilities are explored. The Waterfront Historical Area League of neighboring New Bedford was also in attendance and has offered to help explore preservation possibilities.