Friday, October 9, 2009
Kickoff meeting held for Highland Building committees
The Highland Building Repair and Highland Future Uses Committees met jointly on October 1 to discuss organization and plans, and agreed to remain in close communication throughout the process of stabilizing the building and working toward recommending a use for it. The Selectmen have appointed Alan Carpenito, Nathan Brown and Selectman Peter Scavongelli to the subcommittee coordinating Highland repairs. Nathan Brown, Peter Scavongelli, Bob Hilton and John Ballantine were appointed to the subcommittee covering future uses of the building. Peter Scavongelli is serving as chair of both committees.
The Highland Repairs Committee will work with Bob Stone, a member of the original Highland Building committee, to draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the stabilization of the building. They will use the Gleason Public Library’s process and RFP as a template for writing an RFP that will attract qualified bidders for an historic building project. The committees agreed that the schematic design for stabilization should include a conceptual design for the future uses of the space, so that these plans are consistent with recommended uses for the Highland Building.
The Highland Future Uses committee assigned itself the task of surveying possible uses of the space and speaking with relevant organizations and individuals about their interest and needs with respect to the building. A preliminary target list includes the Recreation Commission, Council on Aging and town officials who might wish to use space in the building for offices. The committee will also keep communications open with the Carlisle Public School, exploring possible uses for the school, as well as with organizations interested in using space in the building for exercise rooms and other uses.
The next Highland committees meeting is scheduled for October 22. ∆
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