SWANSEA — A Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, with a single question: Will Swansea move forward with a process for a new town hall?
The 7 p.m. meeting at Case High School will decide whether the project would go to a ballot vote within 90 days. Because this is a borrowing article, it would need a two-thirds vote in order to go on to a ballot vote.
A walk through Town Hall is being planned for Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a similar walk at Town Hall Annex at 11 a.m.
The Town Hall Building Committee has recommended an 18,597-square-foot building (plus a 9,100-square-foot basement) on the property of the current Town Hall Annex on Stevens Road. The approximate cost of the building would be $9.5 million based on a $500-per-square-foot cost. That cost includes the design, construction, furniture and equipment, along with testing of the grounds.
The current Town Hall (built in 1890) and Town Hall Annex, are a combined 16,353 square feet, including the annex basement. A number of structural deficiencies have been cited in both buildings. In addition, the need for storage space and an area where department heads can meet with the public in private, have been determined as two of the greatest needs.
The Town Hall Annex site was selected after a review of other locations, including the Sears and Apex buildings at the Swansea Mall and property at the end of Ledge Road as well as Coles Landing.
Meanwhile, the plan for a new library includes bringing the current Town Hall building together with the library. The committee is waiting for a vote from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on funding.
The Advisory and Finance Board voted 5-4 with one abstention to recommend the article.