Three Historical Preservation Projects Recommended to Town Meeting

By Meredith McCulloch

CPCThe Community Preservation Committee (CPC) presented to the Selectmen their recommendations for FY2015. In the area of Historical Preservation they recommend three projects.

An appropriation of $15,275 is requested for renovation of the aluminum windows in Town Hall. The Town Hall offices have large aluminum windows which were installed in 1987. The sashes don’t work because they were never balanced. This project would correct the problem.

Renovation of the exterior of the Depot Park building would be funded from several sources. The Massachusetts Historical Commission granted Bedford $220,000 for the project, but this sum would only do half of the building. Town Meeting approved $100,000 last year, but the amount would be amended to $215,000 for a total of  $315,000. Finally, the transfer of $81,900 from CPC General Reserves would complete the amount needed for the entire project. If approved, the work to restore the exterior of the Depot Building could get underway as early as this spring.

Restoration of the 103 year-old Shawsheen Pump House at $102,953 would allow for repair to the chimney and repointing of other brickwork. The shingles and roof would be replaced. The Selectmen voted to recommend approval of all three projects.


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