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Monday, December 11, 2006

Unveiling the new face of a town building

MILLIS

The Veterans Memorial Building in Natick will show its new face any day now.

The scaffolding surrounding the west face of the building will be removed and reveal the results of the $188,000 facelift that the building has received over the past several months.

The building at 900 Main St. houses the town offices and was built in 1913, with two subsequent additions, said Town Administrator Charles Aspinwall.

The repair project repointed the bricks, resealed the surface and powerwashed the exterior of the building's west face all of which will help maintain the structure and extend its lifespan.

The work was paid for by a budget appropriation approved by Town Meeting voters. "It was tough working conditions for the staff, listening to the grinding and the noisy compressors and the generators," Aspinwall said.

What's next? More similar work must be performed on the east, north and south sides of the building, Aspinwall said, with future Town Meeting funding requests planned.

-- Charlie Russo

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