169 years of history at the Whately Town Hall
Program set for 7:30 tonight at Center School
The open houses will be held simultaneously at the Town Hall, Center School and Western Massachusetts Regional Library System buildings on Jan. 7, beginning at 4 p.m. and running until 7.
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WHATELY — The Historical Society will highlight the 169 years of history at the Town Hall today at 7:30 p.m. at the Center School.
Historical Society member Judy Markland will lead the presentation. She organized the event in light of the pending Town Hall restoration.
“It’s an opportunity to understand the history of the building,” Markland said.
Part of the presentation will include the uses of the Town Hall, which over the years housed a school, a basketball court, a graduation venue and a library.
The Municipal Building Committee has proposed restoring and expanding the town hall for $3 million. The project would add 3,400 square feet for more office space to the first and second floors, new restrooms and elevator and a new selectmen’s meeting room.
In May, the townspeople will be asked to approve $87,906 in Community Preservation Act money and $84,983 in property taxes to cover engineering and design costs. The total cost of the design phase of the project is $172,889.