Fate of Westfield ‘Watcher’ house to be decided

The fate of the infamous Westfield "Watcher" house hangs in the balance as city planners consider whether or not to allow the home to be razed.



The home became famous after the current owners, Derek and Maria Broaddus, bought the house and said that they began to receive letters from the "Watcher," an anonymous stalker who claimed to be watching the home and its occupants. This ultimately made the Broadduses scared to move in, and it also conceivably scared off potential buyers.



The owners then made an application to redevelop the property, tear down the house and build two smaller ones in its place.



The plan has come up against opposition from neighbors, who said the plan would ruin the character of the neighborhood. Many of them attended a planning meeting Wednesday voicing their concerns over the proposal.



"It doesn't really fit with the character or the nature of the block," says resident Glenn Dumont, who made a presentation at the meeting.



The Westfield Planning Board will need to make a decision by Jan. 21 on the proposal.


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