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A work in progress

Old foundation one challenge in Sturbridge project

The foundation for the addition at the back of the Center Office had to be shored up before the addition, which will house an elevator and staircase, could be built. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
November 02, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Perhaps the unforeseen structural issues were less of a surprise than it might seem — especially when dealing with two buildings that share a cumulative age of more than 325 years.

The renovation of the Sturbridge Town Hall, circa 1838, and Center School — now Center Office — circa 1852, is about halfway done and other than a few stones in the path, the project is primarily going according to plan.

"Progress has been pretty good," Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot said of the $5.1 million project, at the completion of which the two historic buildings will be outfitted with modern facilities for use as municipal offices.

Although a handful of change-orders have been submitted to the town since the beginning of the building project in the spring, the cost of the project has not changed.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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