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Milo to Buy Two More Burned Out Properties 

Catherine Pegram

By the end of the month, the town of Milo will own an entire stretch of downtown, destroyed by an arson fire more than a year ago. Voters approved a plan Tuesday night to buy the former True Value property, as well as a lot that once housed a floral shop. The properties were among five buildings leveled by fire in September of 2008. Last month voters rejected the idea of purchasing the hardware store lot, concerned it would cost them more in local taxes. But town manager Jeff Gahagan says that’s not the case. About $48,000 in federal redevelopment money will be used to buy that land.Up to $10,000 in state grants will pay for the flower shop lot.Gahagan says after the town closes on both properties in the next couple of weeks, he’ll schedule a series of public hearings on how to redevelop the land.