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Committee seeking new estimates on town hall plans
Litchfield.bz (05-09-18)


Updated estimates of the costs of a new town hall in Litchfield and a transformation of the old courthouse into a town hall are expected to be available by mid to late June.
 
On Monday, town hall review committee decided to get three estimates of each plan, a process that will help the committee make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen this summer.
 
Initial estimates peg the cost of a new town hall on the lot behind Town Hall at $5.9 million and the cost of a courthouse conversion at $4.6 million.
 
Estimates of each plan will be provided by Burlington Construction of Torrington and JLC Pre-Construction Services of Madison. John Martin, the architect working for the town hall review committee, will update the estimate on the new town hall plan he last estimated in 2016 and Cambridge Seven Architects of Cambridge, Mass., will update the estimate for the old courthouse.
 
Cambridge Seven has been working for the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust, the owner of the former courthouse.
 
The committee will review the updated estimates and recommend one of the plans to the selectmen. If selectmen support a recommendation, it would be brought to a referendum.