Five firms bid on Pownal town office study


POWNAL — The town received five proposals for a feasibility study into converting a Route 7 building into a new town office.

The proposals were due on Wednesday, July 6, the day before the Select Board's most recent meeting. The proposals' estimated costs run from $7,000 and $14,892. The proposals would review the Roost Office Building, one property being eyed as a replacement for the 88-year-old town offices on Center Street.

Board members will discuss the proposals at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

Board member Jason Olansky motioned to table the discussion for a week to give Select Board and Town Office Committee members more time to review it. It passed unanimously.

"That way we'll have some knowledge about them," Chairman Ron Bisson said in agreement.

Frank Lamb, chairman for the Town Office Committee, said he would have fellow members review the proposals.

The bid submissions were:

Arnold & Scangas Architects of St. Albans — $11,340 plus reimbursable expenses.

Bread Loaf Corporation of Middlebury — $14,892 plus reimbursable expenses.

Centerline Architects & Planners of Bennington — $9,900.

Gold Stone Architecture of Bennington — not to exceed $14,750.

LineSync Architecture of Wilmington — $7,000 to $8,000 plus reimbursable expenses.

Town leaders seek to replace the existing town office on Center Street, which was built in 1928 and added to in 1976, according to historical records.

Residents last November balked at a 5,962-square-foot building, an estimated $1.035 million project, proposed for the site of the former Bartels Lodge. Officials turned their eyes to the Roost Office Building at 2205 Route 7 — the 6.69-acre property includes a 27-year-old, 4,800-square-foot main building and 988-square-foot outbuilding — is for sale at $295,000. Officials say there's no signed purchase agreement between the town and property owner.

TOC members also tried to lower construction cost by eliminating "luxury" items like a metal roof and shortening the length of a proposed meeting room.

Regarding the architects for the feasibility study, TOC members "requested to be included in the interview process and to render their recommendation," according to minutes of a June 2 Select Board meeting.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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