Phelps House fixes, Town Hall repair plan in line for $190K in Hadley CPA funds

An assessment of exterior repairs needed at Hadley Town Hall is being recommended for CPA funding.

An assessment of exterior repairs needed at Hadley Town Hall is being recommended for CPA funding. STAFF FILE PHOTO

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Staff Writer

Published: 03-14-2024 3:02 PM

HADLEY — Community Preservation Act money for an initial phase of fixing up an early 19th-century farmhouse at the Porter Phelps Huntington Museum and hiring an architect to evaluate and prepare the 1840 Town Hall for renovations is being recommended by the CPA C0mmittee.

At its March 4 meeting, committee members unanimously endorsed spending a combined $190,000 from the CPA account to fund proposals that will come before voters at annual Town Meeting in May. The money in the CPA account comes from a 3% surcharge on property tax bills combined with a match from the state.

For the 1816 Phelps House, $150,000 would go toward about $250,000 in critical priorities, including roof stabilization, structural reinforcement in the basement and abatement of mold. Phelps House has been in disrepair since last being occupied in 1988.

“I can’t think of a better use for CPA funds,” said committee member Andy Morris-Friedman. “I hope it can be first of many cooperative efforts to make a historical focal point of Hadley.”

If approved by Town Meeting, there would then be a grant agreement between the nonprofit museum and the Select Board, with the money available in July.

The only other CPA project proposed is repairs at Town Hall. Department of Public Works Director Scott McCarthy explained that exterior work is needed, including to the windows, siding and cement steps at the rear of the building.

The $40,000 in CPA money will pay for design services to evaluate the building and then prepare a design and construction bid documents.

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