Saturday, March 2, 2013
The town has released a detailed study of the condition of the clock tower at Abbot Hall. The project could cost $2.1 million or more.
Perhaps the biggest item for the upcoming Town Meeting will be whether taxpayers will agree to $2.1 million or more in repairs to the historic clock tower at Abbot Hall. Attached is a detailed study, recently released by the town, that shows in exhaustive detail the proposed repairs. You can download your own copy at this link or browse the 26-page document here on Marblehead Patch in the attached PDF.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Selectmen Chair Jackie Belf-Becker calls report 'sobering,' as board votes to place issue on the Town Meeting warrant.
Repairing Marblehead's trademark Abbot Hall bell tower will cost $2.1 million — and it may take most of 2014 to fix the extensive damage caused by weather over the last 137 years, the Board of Selectmen were told at their meeting Wednesday night. And it could cost much more if the state Architectural Access Board does not grant variances, as it did with the Old Town House, that would require the town to make Abbot Hall more handicapped accessible. The AAB could require the town to make one or more of its three main entrances handicapped accessible, the Selectmen were told. After only a few questions and comments, the Selectmen voted unanimously to place the repairs for the clock tower on the Town Meeting warrant this spring. Selectman …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Architects to unveil scope and cost of work next Wednesday.
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 …