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Town Hall project enters home stretch

Sturbridge offices should reopen before September

June 02, 2010
STURBRIDGE —†In January, the leasing agreement between the town of Sturbridge and Old Sturbridge Village was extended through then end of this summer. That'll be enough.

"The lease here runs through August," Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski said of the OSV lodges, which are currently being used as Sturbridge's municipal offices.

"That will be sufficient, barring some unforeseen circumstances," Suhoski said.

The projected completion date of the $5 million project was initially this April, a year from the beginning of the renovations.

That completion date was later pushed back to this month when structural instabilities were located beneath the Town Hall and Center Office. When the shoring work began to correct the field stone foundations, the completion date was again pushed back to mid or late July.

With the bulk of the structural work completed on both historic buildings, Suhoski said it looks like the buildings are still on track to open to the public in August.

"We're really down to the finishing work now, so the chance of a major cost to pop up now is greatly reduced," Suhoski said.

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

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