FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2019
Contact: Catherine Welker: firstname.lastname@example.org, (413)-584-1300 x122
Old Hampshire County Courthouse building breaks ground on historic restoration
HCG is pleased to announce the official start of the historic Hampshire County Courthouse restoration. This phase of the project consists of repairs to the roof, tower, as well as windows and masonry. The renovation and repairs are necessary to return this classic building back to the masterpiece it once was. The building is owned and occupied by HCG.
“The old courthouse building is an iconic staple of downtown Northampton, and a beloved shared resource within the community,” says Todd Ford, executive director, HCG. “We are thrilled to see this restoration through and look forward to showcasing the building as it should be.”
Arlington, MA based Boston Bay Architects, Inc. are overseeing the $1.8 million project, and Wesfield Construction Co., Inc. of New Hampshire won the bid for construction. This restoration will begin at the top of the southern facing tower with the replacement of terracotta roof tiles. Exterior repairs include masonry stone restoration, and brick stabilization. The tower interior carpentry work will focus on roof, floor, stairs, and railings. At the completion of the tower, the work will continue down the southern façade with window repair and replacement to energy efficient historical windows.
In October 2017, the Baker-Polito administration announced the release of Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) funds to HCG for this current phase of repairs. In 2015, DCAMM released $500,000 for safety repairs to the building’s steps and roof. The Northampton Community Preservation committee has played an integral role in the plans for this phase of renovation, contributing $200,000 to the building restoration. Local Community Preservation Acts contributed an additional $10,000 from Hatfield and $8,000 from Goshen. Area banks have pledged $38,000, and the Hampshire Foundation Buy a Brick provided $8,800 from local residents and businesses.
HCG supports communities by empowering local, sustainable and efficient economies. The organization helps cities and towns, schools, nonprofits and businesses get the most value by pooling their buying power. HCG’s Hampshire Power provides electricity services, including green and locally produced electricity. The HCG Purchasing Co-op makes it easy for towns, cities, schools and nonprofits to save money, time and effort on major and everyday purchases. And HCG supports communities with its own, uniquely effective service organizations: RSVP of the Pioneer Valley and the Hampshire Franklin Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Every cent HCG earns goes back to supporting the communities of Western Massachusetts. HCG is funded by its own revenue and grants.