More donations fuel work to transform Easthampton’s Old Town Hall

  • Megan Conner Dragon and Chuck Conner of Taylor Real Estate, seen here in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall, are among the contributors to the effort to turn the building’s upper floor into a dedicated performance space. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITYSPACE

Staff Pfarrer
Published: 3/8/2022 1:59:08 PM
Modified: 3/8/2022 1:58:34 PM

EASTHAMPTON — As work to transform the upper floor of Old Town Hall into a dedicated arts and event space continues, area businesses are stepping up the donations to help make that happen, according to CitySpace.

CitySpace, the nonprofit group that manages Old Town Hall, says recent gifts from businesses have ranged from $2,500 to $50,000. Among the contributors are October Company, Chemetal and Adhesive Applications, Taylor Real Estate, and Polish National Credit Union, all of which are helping CitySpace move closer to its goal of raising $1 million for the work by the end of the year.

These newer contributions come after bankESB made a $50,000 donation to the project last year, CitySpace says. The bank also committed to providing an additional $100,000 once CitySpace approaches its total $6.9 million fundraising goal; about $4.2 million of that amount has already been raised, according to the nonprofit.

“We are thrilled to see the Old Town Hall not only be restored, but transformed to an inclusive space, supporting local arts and the community as a whole,” Megan Conner Dragon of Taylor Real Estate said in statement. “We are proud to support the transformation of this historical focal point.”

Jim Kelly, president and CEO of Polish National Credit Union, said his company was also happy to lend its support, saying a revamped Old Town Hall could serve as an important regional venue for the arts as well as “a catalyst for economic development, while preserving a piece of historic Easthampton.”

Work now underway at Old Town Hall involves adding a new HVAC system and preparing the building’s air systems for energy-efficient use; the electrical system of the 153-year-old building will also be upgraded. The renovations are funded in part by the city’s Community Preservation Act Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The repairs, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will lay the groundwork for more expansive renovations starting in 2023 that are designed to turn the 3,500-square-foot upper floor into a fully accessible, flexible performance space that can seat 350 people.

Last fall, CitySpace reopened another restored performance and event space, the Blue Room, on Town Hall’s lower floor. Up to 175 people standing (or 80 seated) can be accommodated for concerts, theater, public events, and other activities, including rental opportunities for artists and community members.

More information is available at cityspaceeasthampton.org.

Steve Pfarrer can be reached at spfarrer@gazettenet.com.

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