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Construction to begin on Waddington’s old Town Hall

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WADDINGTON — Renovations to the old Town Hall are set to begin next week.

“They are waiting on an asbestos report and building permit,” Town Supervisor Mark Scott said Monday. “They are scheduled to begin work on Monday.”

The town accepted a bid from Continental Construction Co., Gouverneur, in July. The company will build a ramp and install a chairlift and elevator in the basement of the old Town Hall, which will extend to the auditorium. The downstairs bathrooms will also be modified to be handicapped-accessible.

Continental Construction previously constructed on Pickens Hall in Heuvelton.

The building’s top floor contains a hall used primarily for weddings, concerts and private parties. The bottom floor houses the Waddington Neighborhood Center and Chamber of Commerce. Both floors are only accessible by stairs.

As the elevator will be in front on the ground floor, the chamber offices will move to the center basement space currently occupied by the neighborhood center.

The neighborhood center will move permanently from the old Town Hall to the former Rescue Squad building, on Route 37, being leased by the town.

The project has a price tag of $146,800. It is funded by $70,000 from the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency and $76,800 from the town’s Waddington Hepburn Library and old Town Hall maintenance fund.

Installing a wheelchair lift is part of the town’s multi-stage project to improve the 130-year-old building’s accessibility.

The building is expected to be wheelchair accessible by the end of November.

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