The Abbot Hall clock tower has been a landmark for Marblehead residents and visitors for generations. Probably to no one's surprise, the 137-year-old structure needs a makeover, leak repairs, brick repointing and replacement of rotten wood.
The Board of Selectmen are scheduled to meet next Wednesday night to hear architects from McGinley Kaslow and Associates of Somerville present the results of their review and estimates on the cost of the work.
Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren postponed until the Selectmen's meeting revealing how much the repairs will cost or how extensive the repairs would be.
"The Selectmen will receive their first presentation on the issue at their February 13th meeting," Chelgren wrote in an email. "At that time the Architect/Engineer will attend in order to present their findings. As the Selectmen have not yet received a formal presentation of the material, I cannot distribute it."
Realtor Jack Attridge with William Raveis Real Estate wrote on his Facebook page, All Marblehead, that the estimated cost of the repairs will be $2 million.
If accurate, that cost would have to be presented at a Town Meeting. It was unclear if the selectmen will present that proposal to the spring Town Meeting. If approved by the Town Meeting members, the town would solicit bids from construction companies to make the repairs.
Funds for the $34,213 architects' contract were approved last spring at the Town Meeting.