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Noank School Re-use

Re-use of the former Noank School as a community activity center

                                                                                                                The Noank School Re-use Committee (NSRC) recently met with the Groton Town Council to obtain a memorandum of understanding towards obtaining financing through grants. Depending upon costs, this could then lead to a lease and begin the process of renovation and refurbishment.

The overall vision of the NSRC is for public use of the building and passive use of the grounds during daylight hours. The exterior grounds are considered in reasonable condition. The building would be approached as a 3-phase project commencing with the South, followed by Middle and North sections.

The South contains 13,000 square feet including auditorium, kitchen, bathrooms,  former classrooms, small offices and storage rooms. Repairs would include exterior and interior painting, brickwork, windows, roof, HVAC  and water systems. Roof projects involve an overlay of rubber membrane over the roof areas, a split-line heat and hot water pump system, plus electrical upgrades as needed.

The South section would be isolated from both Middle and North Sections during initial startup. Services can be added to those areas during future expansion. One large classroom area can be utilized for winter crew training and shell storage.    Usage of the facility will focus on non-profit community organizations with offices and classrooms that can be immediately utilized for the expansion of existing organizations that have outgrown their present spaces.

Costs would be staggered using the phase-in system, with estimated construction total ranging to $300K over time. The object with funding programs will minimize financial impact on the local community. Approval for the memorandum of understanding from the Council could occur as early as March 5th.

Comments or questions concerning this article can be sent to: edwardr.johnson72@gmail.com

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