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Town Hall Renovations Nearly Complete; Here's A Sneak Peek Inside

Oct 20, 2015 06:57PM ● By Bill Gilman

Todd Johnson (foreground), chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Richard Montuori and Community Development Director Steve Sadwick gave the media a tour of the newly renovated Town Hall.

Under budget and nearly on time, the $7.4 million Tewksbury Town Hall Renovation project is nearly complete.
According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, the project is expected to be wrapped up in November with town offices being being relocated from their temporary locationĀ in the Hardy Pike House back to the Town Hall building the week of Thanksgiving.
Montuori, Community Development Director Steve Sadwick and Todd Johnson, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, took the media on a tour of Town Hall last week. All three floors of the century-old building were nearly gutted, as a brand new floor plan, designed by highly regarded architect Kaffee Kang of Kang Assoc., has been put into place.
Among the highlights of the renovation are:
  • A new meeting room to be used for the Board of Selectman in space that once was used by the Town Clerk. The room will have space for about 50 spectators and features two beautiful antique curio cabinets that had been tucked away in the Town Clerk's Office.
  • The floor space of the main hall has been reduced by about one-third to make space for the new cable television studio and additional office space on the second floor. The stage has been preserved and the room has seating for about 100.
  • The main entrance to Town Hall will now be on the side of the building near the main parking lot. Visitors and employees will enter on the basement level and be able to take the stairs or new elevator to the upper two floors.
  • The renovation is not all about making things new. In some cases it is about revealing lost beauty. The brick facade in the main foyer had long ago been covered up by sheet rock. The sheet rock has now been removed, bringing the bringing the brick facade back to life. In addition, the marble war memorial has been moved and given a more prominent place of display.
  • New office space has been added that will now be home to the Department of Community Development and Planning, which will relocate from the DPW Building on Whipple Road.
  • Spray foam insulation has been added throughout the building and a climate control system has been installed that will allow individual temperature control in each room to save energy.
  • Visitors will also see changes on the outside. The cupola and clock have been restored and the cul de sac driveway has been eliminated. Instead, the Town Common area has been extended to the base of the granite staircase. The front doors to Town Hall will no longer be used.
"What we wanted to do was maximize the use of the building," said Johnson, of the project.
According to Montuori, the projected cost of the project had been $7.5 million, with the lion's share of the appropriations coming from Community Preservation Funds. Montuori said the project came in just under budget at $7.4 million, including all associated costs.
The renovation had originally been scheduled to be completed in September. According to Montuori, the delays were caused by National Grid not getting the building completely hooked up to power in a timely fashion.
According to Montuori, the newly renovated Town Common will be the site of this year's Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony had taken place at the Tewksbury Public Library the past two Decembers because of the renovation project.

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