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Sturbridge town offices to stay in temporary facilities at OSV a bit longer



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As snow fell Thursday afternoon, crews continued to work on the Town Hall and Center Office renovations, now expected to be completed by mid-August 2010. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
January 03, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Nobody looks forward to moving — the packing, the backbreaking lifting, or the sea of boxes to wade through at a new location. In Sturbridge, town employees have been spared from that gargantuan task for an extra four months.

With the lease between the town and Old Sturbridge Village for use of the Village's lodging suites as municipal offices while the Town Hall and Center Office are undergoing renovations set to expire in April 2010, Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot announced recently that an extension to that lease was agreed upon. This means the offices will stay in their current location through the middle of August.

The additional four months will cost $20,000 on top of the $60,000 the town paid for the initial 12 months of the lease.

Town officials decided to extend their stay after the originally predicted completion date for the renovation project of next spring was deemed infeasible.

Since the project began in April, the expected completion date has slowly been pushed back due to unexpected complications that have crept up during the $5 million renovation process. The date was first pushed back to June, and now officials are hoping for completion by the end of July.

"We're currently looking at a schedule where we'll be done with the construction by the end of July, middle of July," Racicot said.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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