2006-10-19 / Editorial


Ground breaking for a new Town Hall

Architect Bill Burgin penned the design for the new Town Hall. Architect Bill Burgin penned the design for the new Town Hall. Sometime next week, if all goes as planned, history will be made when island earth will be officially broken for the new Town Hall on Narragansett Avenue.

The construction of a new town hall has been talked about for two decades or more. The new facility will combine the offices of the old town hall with those town offices now located on Southwest Avenue. The new building will also feature a meeting room for the Town Council and archival storage for town records.

The ceremony is expected to attract the usual array of elected officials, town officials, and representatives from the construction company that will build the new complex. They will don hard hats and pose with shovels for the pictures that the Jamestown Historical Society will treasure.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the event will be the razing of the former planning and recreation office on West Street. It won't take long to flatten the building that ought to have been demolished years ago.

The historic old Town Hall will, however, be moved and renovated as part of the new facility.

As of our news deadline on Wednesday, there had been no definitive word on the date or time of the ground breaking. We will keep our readers posted by updating the home page of our Web site at jamestownpress.com when we have the complete details.

Of course, we'll cover the event and publish the story and photographs in the next issue of the Press.

Progress! Who knows, maybe we'll soon be covering the ground breaking for a new highway barn.

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