OSSIPEE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR Brad Harriman displays the design plans that will lead the way to completion of the restoration project of the town-owned former freight house in Center Ossipee Village. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
June 28, 2012OSSIPEE — The bids are coming in and will be opened July 2 as selectmen plan to award the Freight House reconstruction project.
During a special town meeting in 2008, voters approved spending about $80,000 to purchase the former freight house, also known as the One Moultonville Road property from Mountain View United Church.
Since then, the fund has built up and selectmen now have $202,000 to be used toward creating the plans and completing the renovation of the historic building. Sitting along the railroad tracks that cut through the center of Center Ossipee Village, the building once served as a freight house where goods were stored awaiting distribution after being brought to town on the train.
Current and past selectmen have indicated that the town hall is busting at the seams and the building will be used to relieve some of the storage, meeting and office needs that can no longer be met in the current town hall. Discussions have indicated that the planning, zoning, and conservation commission offices and files will move to the new building as well as other town records to be stored in the full attic.
During a tour with Ossipee Public Works Director Brad Harriman this week, he said the building is in good shape and structurally sound. The bulk of the improvements will be to increase energy efficiency, upgrade systems and make necessary ADA improvements. There are plans to improve the curb appeal by updating the façade and replacing the rotting front porch. New windows will be installed as well as a kitchenette and blown-in insulation in the walls, ceilings, and floors. When the building is complete, it will have a meeting space to seat up to 40 people. The building will also be equipped with fire and burglar alarms. Part of the overall project also includes plans to pave the dirt parking lot around the building to provide much-needed parking spaces for the village.
Harriman said a mandatory walk-through was held for interested project bidders. Representatives from eight companies attended. Harriman expected, as of press time, that five of those companies will submit bid proposals. The plans for reconstruction were done by H.E. Bergeron of North Conway.
As to how long the project takes to complete, Harriman said the bidders were asked to include their estimated construction timeline with their bids so that is not known until the bids are opened Monday.