Restoration of the Capitol Theater marquee has begun.
Larochelle Construction Co. Inc. has started the preliminary work on the historic marquee. The front entrance is roped off and the structure is being shored up and exterior parts are being removed to be sent out for refurbishment. The structural work will happen shortly after that.
The renovation of the Springside House will continue this summer, some five years after efforts to bring the historic mansion back up to snuff began in earnest.
Next up, he plan is to finish the exterior - complete with new clapboards, trim, windows, and soffits. The project will fully complete three years worth of exterior work and officials will then turn their eyes toward the interior.
The bids to repair the Capitol Theatre marquee are higher than anticipated. But, the City Council feels it is worth it.
"In my opinion, the marquee is a jewel," said Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Simonelli.
A total of $823,026 was requested of the Community Preservation Act funds.
But, the committee will only able to fund less than half of that. The committee will have somewhere between $370,000 and $390,000 for recreation and historic preservation projects.
Brush and weeds are slowly being cleared from Blackinton Cemetery, uncovering graves lost to the overgrowth.
For nearly a century, volunteers have kept up the private graveyard on Massachusetts Avenue but their numbers, and time, is running down.
The Finance Committee on Wednesday recommended passage of all the fiscal warrants for May's Annual Town Meeting, but not until after it revisited a few of the arguments that punctuated budget season at Town Hall.
After an evening filled with votes, revotes, bargaining and multiple appeals from some applicants, the Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday finalized the recommendations for funding it will send to town meeting later this year.
In the end, all eight of the applicants received positive recommendations from the eight-person committee, which has the responsibility of vetting proposals and crafting articles for the annual town meeting warrant.