Town Hall Annex set to be demolished
Recorder file/Paul Franz The one-story Town Hall Annex building, which sits to the back of Veterans Memorial Mall on Main Street and once housed the police station, will come down beginning next week and become a temporary parking lot for town employees until the town decides what it wants to do there. Purchase photo reprints »
GREENFIELD — The town’s 40-year-old Town Hall Annex will be gone by the end of November.
According to George VanDelinder, manager of the town’s Central Maintenance Department, demolition of the annex will begin on Monday.
VanDelinder said the first three to five days will consist of setting up demolition equipment and taking out items left in the building.
He said by mid November a fence will be erected around the building.
“Traffic will continue to move one way through the alley off of Main Street,” said VanDelinder. “It will also continue to be two-way traffic from Court Square to between the church and Town Hall, which leads to the municipal parking lot in the back of Town Hall.”
VanDelinder said that toward the end of November, the municipal lot will close and traffic will not be allowed down either alley leading to that lot for two to three days while the building is razed.
VanDelinder said work should be complete by the end of November or beginning of December, but could take as long as mid December to complete.
The one-story building, which sits to the back of Veterans Memorial Mall on one side and Town Hall on the other, once housed the town’s police station.
After the building is razed, the town will create temporary parking in its place for town employees.
Asbestos has already been removed from the building and lead left behind in the former police station’s shooting range will be removed from the lower level of the building.
Mayor William Martin has talked in the past about eventually building a new, green two- or three-story municipal office building in place of the annex, but no official discussions have begun.
Martin said he would also like to see Veterans Mall “spruced up” after the demolition.
The town has already approved $90,000 for the demolition.
Over the past two or three years, the mayor has moved all town departments that were located in the annex to other municipal buildings.
Police were located there until 1999, when the department moved into the former Kaiser Permanente building on High Street.