Cohasset: Committee presents town hall construction article

Members of Cohasset’s town hall restoration and renovation committee appeared before the town’s board of selectmen Tuesday night, to discuss their town meeting article to fund design plans to upgrade both the new and old portions of town hall.

The article would appropriate half the funds from community preservation and from capital budget stabilization, to produce design plans to renovate the old section of town and hall and rebuild the new section.

Town Hall Renovation and Restoration Committee Chairman David Farraug said, “The total article is for $667,750 – half would be funded from community preservation funds, the other half would be coming from the capital budget stabilization fund. That would get you to bid-ready design documents. We would also have a final cost estimation, so when we bring it to town meeting we would say here’s the final cost and if they approved it in April 2015, then it would go out for bid and construction would begin thereafter.”

Farraug explained that both the old and new sections of town hall are in a desperate state of disrepair.

“When we did the study back in 2007, the old town hall was in a major state of disrepair because of its age, and there was old wiring and things like that. But I think because of the new envelope study we did last summer, the 1987 portion is in a big state of disrepair. The whole exterior needs to be redone, let alone what’s done in the interior, and because there’s water seepage in a number of places, that just magnifies the issue.”

The committee estimates the cost for the town hall project to come in at about $10 million.



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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.