Westfield Planning Board votes to not tear down notorious ‘Watcher’ house

The Westfield Planning Board made the unanimous decision to not tear down the notorious "Watcher" house and divide it into two homes.



The neighbors and board say they want to protect the historic character of the neighborhood, despite the house's reputation.



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.


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