Posted by Amanda Stonely August 8, 2011 10:03 AM
"It's on schedule and on budget," Hickey said of the project, which got underway in May. "We expect the building to be inclosed by the end of next week," allowing the interior work to get underway.
Linwood Construction, of Somerville, is carrying out the work. The six-acre Grand View site, which was historically used as a farm and at one time as a tavern, was acquired by the town in 2001. The town since then has been restoring the property for use as a meeting and function facility.
That effort began with exterior repairs to the main house, and has continued with the barn project and a separate renovation of the interior of the main house that students at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School are undertaking with teacher supervision.
Hickey said the Shawsheen students worked until the end of the school year on their project and will pick up again in September. Town meeting last January approved $895,448 for the barn project, including $595,448 to be taken from the proceeds of the sale of two town-owned lots on Sleeper Drive, and $300,000 through borrowing.
The town had hoped to restore the actual barn, but had to shift to building a replica due to the condition of the barn, which was dismantled several years ago.