Sandwich Selectmen Discuss Future of Clark-Haddad Building

KA_Sandwich_Town Hall86_111715SANDWICH – Sandwich selectmen discussed the future of the Clark-Haddad Building on Dewey Avenue at their meeting last night.

Town Meeting voters in May narrowly defeated a request for $1.1 million in Community Preservation Act funds to renovate the building.

Selectman Patrick Ellis said that there are many uses for the building.

“Think about this building in terms of how much it’s been used by the town since it’s been built,” said Ellis. “It’s a tremendously used building.”

Members of the town’s Arts Alliance and Historical Commission met with Selectmen Chair Susan James before the meeting to discuss the building and options they had.

The concerns of voters at Town Meeting were that the project had a high price tag, but since then, members of the Sandwich Arts Alliance, Historical Commission, Sandwich Finance Committee and neighbors met to discuss the possibility of bringing the project back to another vote with a smaller price.

Restoring the building is a priority for the community, as there is a lack of public meeting space and event space in the town.

Selectmen made the decision to go back to the Community Preservation Committee for CPA funds to use again for the renovation of the building.

“This board has been getting confusing messages from the town, don’t sell it, don’t fix it up, don’t do anything, but do something,” said Pannorfi. “This is the opportunity for us to do something.


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