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PHOTOS: Center Town Hall Renovations

The $2.4 million Center Town Hall renovation project is underway.

The Center Town Hall renovations are coming along as the Permanent Building Committee yesterday toured the construction progress.

The $2.4 million project is being paid for with money from the Community Preservation Act fund, which is a surcharge on residents' tax bills.

The building has a new addition to the back, along with an elevator and a wheel chair lift where necessary to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

New windows have been installed and ceilings raised where necessary. The building has brand new electrical wiring and HVAC systems.

The building has re-vamped gallery space, studio space for artists, a room for Chelmsford Telemedia, a "seminar room" for lectures or meetings, and new sprinkler systems in each room for fire safety.

The stage area includes a changing room for actors and storage space for the piano.

Susan Gates, director of the Center for the Arts at the Center Town Hall said $100,000 for furnishings will have to be raised.

"Seating alone for the auditorium is $30,000," she said. "We can't just buy anything. We want this to be a first-class renovation. We're spending $2.4 million on the building, we don't just want some broken plastic chairs."

lucy January 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM
What a great project. This will surely enhance, Chelmsford. Any volunteer positions?
Paul January 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Only 2.4 million. Awesome. I have to wonder how much the cost would have been had they kept the building repaired on an ongoing basis. Maybe we can solicit some manual labor from the DPW and Police outside that are doing nothing all day but chatting.
Ruth Canonico January 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
So looking forward to the grand opening in July 2012! Thank you for bringing this community arts venue to Chelmsford!

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