May 20 2015

Town Meeting Approves $1.65 Million Renovation of Town Building

By: Rich Hosford

During its third session on Monday, Town Meeting finished the annual May meeting by approving the rest of the warrant articles left on the books. 

One of articles approved by the legislative body was to appropriate $1,650,000 to renovate the town-owned building at 33 Center Street. The property is located next to Town Hall and was formerly a bank. 

Town Administrator John Petrin said that an evaluation of the building showed that many of its core systems, including the electrical system, needed to be replaced and that it would be more cost effective to strip the existing walls and rebuild rather than to try and modify what currently exists. 

The plan is to convert the bank into office space and move the Health Department and Burlington Youth & Family Services out of the Human Resources Building to the new location. Petrin said this will free up space for programs for the Recreation Department and the Council on Aging, which are both located in the Human Services Building. 

Petrin said the move will make it easier for people conducting business in town because often there is a need to visit the Health Department in conjunction with other departments and now they will be in the same area in town. 

There were some concerns raised about spending more money on the building by Town Meeting members but in the end the article passed. 

Petrin said the plan is to open the new office building in early 2016. 

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