Demolition Complete on Boch Property
Heather Hamacek

The old Entwhistle Building on the harborfront property known as Boch Park in Vineyard Haven came down on Wednesday, capping years of discussion.

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Last Building Standing: Selectmen Order Demolition at Boch Park
Heather Hamacek

Tisbury selectmen will take steps to remove a derelict building on the harborfront property known as Boch Park, owned by Ernie Boch Jr. Mr. Boch said he is happy the building will come down.

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Vineyard Haven Boch Property Is Centerpiece of Future Plan
James Kinsella

Vineyard Haven Boch Property Is Centerpiece of Future Plan

By JAMES KINSELLA

Nearly two decades ago, the late Ernest J. Boch Sr. paid $600,000 for what he called "a nice little spot" on Vineyard Haven harbor.

Today, despite the property's current scruffy appearance, members of the Tisbury planning board could not agree more.

Board members recently unveiled a master plan for the waterfront and downtown area that identified the parcel, known as Boch Park, as a crucial element.

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The Public Park that Never Happened

The Public Park that Never Happened

For two decades, so-called Boch Park on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven has sat in a limbo made of court battles and subsequent, drawn-out negotiations between the Boch family and the town of Tisbury.

The scruffy condition of the parcel, which overlooks Vineyard Haven harbor, is a sad and continuing testament to a failure to reach resolution on what could be one of the bright spots of the town waterfront.

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Tisbury Selectmen End Closed-Door Talks on Boch Park
Rachel Nava Rohr

After nearly four years of negotiations between attorneys representing the town of Tisbury and Ernest Boch Jr. about the so-called Boch Park, no progress has been made, Tisbury selectman Tristan R. Israel announced last week.

Mr. Israel said at last Tuesday's meeting of the board that the town is closing the door on the saga surrounding the waterfront land and building near the Five Corners intersection that have been vacant for most of the last two decades.

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