Six-month deadline for North Hadley Village Hall to sell or be razed

  • North Hadley Village Hall FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 11:47:25 AM

HADLEY — If a private buyer for the North Hadley Village Hall is not found by the end of the year, the town intends to move forward with demolishing the historic building.

Based on a June 18 nonbinding ballot vote in which residents indicated they preferred to maintain the open space in the village center rather than the 1864 building, the Select Board recently decided to give six more months for a real estate firm to find someone who would buy and refurbish the building.

Nearly 62 percent of the 407 voters who cast ballots indicated it would be preferable to raze the building if it meant there would be more open space near Lake Warner, including a ballfield adjacent to the building.

Earlier this year, the board approved an arrangement with Stiles & Dunn and asked the real estate agency to list the property for $299,000. That came before the board brought an article to Annual Town Meeting to make an appeal to the state Legislature to remove the permanent protection from the ballfield.

According to information from Town Administrator David Nixon, a new map shows the demarcation of the ballfield from the building, a listing agreement has been signed, and requests for proposals have been updated. This will allow the agency to solicit proposals for the property.

The property is also actively being shown to prospective buyers.

If no buyer is found and demolition has to occur, the town will need money to do this, which may have to come from an appropriation at a later Town Meeting.

Select Board member Joyce Chunglo said the building’s removal could be positive, and that the area could become a training site for the fire department. 

Town Meeting originally approved the sale of the hall in 2014. Town officials have repeatedly said Hadley can’t afford to maintain or rehabilitate the aging building, with costs for this work in the range of $3 million.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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