Further donations are driving work to transform Easthampton’s Old Town Hall

Published: 03/08/2022 13:59:08

Modified: 3/8/2022 1:58:34 PM

EASTHAMPTON — As work continues to convert the upper floor of the Old City Hall into a dedicated arts and events space, CitySpace says local businesses are increasing donations to make this possible.

CitySpace, the nonprofit group that manages Old City Hall, says recent corporate gifts have ranged from $2,500 to $50,000. Contributors include the October Company, Chemetal and Adhesive Applications, Taylor Real Estate and the Polish National Credit Union, who 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 as CitySpace approaches its $6.9 million total donation goal; About $4.2 million of that amount has already been raised, according to the nonprofit organization.

“We are thrilled to see the Old City Hall not only restored, but transformed into an inclusive space that supports local art and the community as a whole,” said Megan Conner Dragon of Taylor Real Estate in a statement. “We are proud to support the transformation of this historic hotspot.”

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

Current ongoing work on the Old City Hall includes 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 is also being modernized. The renovations are funded in part by the city’s Community Preservation Act Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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

Last fall, CitySpace opened another restored performance and event space, the Blue Room, in the basement of City Hall. Up to 175 standing (or 80 seated) can be accommodated for concerts, theatre, public events and other activities, including rental opportunities for artists and community members.

Visit cityspaceeasthampton.org for more information.

Steve Pfarrer can be reached at [email protected]

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