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Rye Community Forum on the fate of the 178-year-old Rye Town Hall

 

What: Community Forum in Rye to discus three key articles on the 2017 Town Warrant to address the long-debated issue of the Rye Town Hall. Two are to renovate and maintain the landmark, one is to demolish the 1839 structure and build new building. The issue has been debated for years and is finally coming to a head with five articles on the warrant on the topic. Town voting is March 14. 

When: Sunday, March 12, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, NH

Who: Hosted by the Rye Heritage Commission, public welcome

How: Rye Town Hall has been repaired over the years, but the town has struggled with a definitive plan to bring it up to ADA compliance and address repairs. It is an historic resource on the State Register of Historic Places and designated one of the “7 to Save” historic properties in New Hampshire by the Preservation Alliance. The 178 year old landmark is in the town’s historic center with a storied past. 

 

Article #7 - $3.2 million

An historic, respectful renovation for 8,000 square feet of usable office space. 

Article #30 

Addresses immediate concerns such as ADA accessibility and critical building repairs* to preserve possibilities for the future 

Article #6 - $3.3 million

Demolish the landmark and replace it with a to-be-designed structure.

 

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