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Deerfield seeks contracting bids for DPW building

The town is requesting proposals from contractors to build the new Department of Public Works facility at the town-owned Oxford property on Sugarloaf Street, with a construction cost estimated at $4,540,000.

The request is a major step in the $5.9 million project residents approved at last May’s annual Town Meeting.

The proposed facility includes a 15,500-square-foot main building, sand and salt shed, fuel depot, exterior covered storage and site work.

The existing, deteriorating facility has inadequate space and warmth for DPW employees working inside, according to town officials. Built in 1948, it measures about 3,500 square feet.

The new facility will be located south of the existing facility.

In August, the town hired HKT Architects of Somerville for $454,000 to design the facility.

Town residents can expect to find out which contractors have made proposals on March 8 at 10 a.m., the last day for contractors to submit bids. The town is only seeking state-certified contractors.

A site visit is scheduled for Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at the existing Department of Public Works facility on Jewett Avenue.

— KATHLEEN McKIERNAN

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