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Peterborough awarded $200,000 for Town House renovations

  • Peterborough has been awarded a $200,000 grant for its upcoming work on the Peterborough Town House. Monadnock Ledger-Transcript file photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, December 04, 2017

An award from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program should ease the pain of the estimated $1 million renovation of the Peterborough Town House.

Funds from LCHIP were always a potential piece of the funding puzzle for the renovations, with the town applying for up to $250,000 of the available funds, but voters approved the improvements to the building in May knowing it wasn’t a sure thing. 

This week, LCHIP announced its grant recipients, among them, a $200,000 award for the Peterborough Town House renovations. 

The largest portion of the $1 million cost will go to replacing the building’s slate roof, and making other roof repairs. Replacing the slate is estimated to cost about $270,000, and other repairs another $104,000.

One of the other big costs will be putting $200,000 to improvements on the Town House’s top floor, to improve acoustics and audio-visual capabilities. The LCHIP funds will not be allowed to be put towards this work, as it doesn’t qualify as historic preservation. 

The rest of the funds will be used to make repairs to a crack in the side of the building, raising the brick walkway in the front of the building and making other changes to make the building more accessible to those with mobility impairments, and replacing the Maple floorboards of the top floor and lobby.

The town will bond for the remainder of the funds needed to complete the work. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.