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Town Facility Renovations Beginning Soon

 
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Town Facility Renovations Beginning Soon
Renovations at the town-owned former Hillsborough Medical Center (top) and the Town Barn may begin as early as next week.

A contractor for the Town of Hillsborough may begin construction at two town-owned buildings as early as next week.

New Town Hall Annex

The town will convert the former Hillsborough Medical Center building, located across East Corbin Street from the Town Hall campus, into a new Town Hall Annex, replacing the current downtown facility.

At the former medical center, a portion of the building formerly occupied by a dental practice will be renovated into a public meeting facility with seating for approximately 80 people, replacing the meeting space in the Town Barn. The former medical office space will be converted to offices for the town’s Finance Department, Water and Sewer Billing and Collections Office and Utilities Department administrative staff.

Town Barn renovation

The Town Barn, located on the Town Hall campus, will be renovated and gain a small addition to house the town’s Human Resources and Town Clerk offices as well as training space.

Other improvements

Improvements at both the new Town Hall Annex and the Town Barn also will include the following:

  • Generators to allow operations to continue in emergency situations.
  • Higher-quality lighting fixtures, insulation and heating and air conditioning systems to improve energy efficiency.
  • Bringing the renovated spaces into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The project is expected to take 10 months and will be timed and coordinated to minimize impacts on daily operations and citizen services. Once vacated, the downtown annex building will be used by the Police Department, which has its main station next door.

In about five years, the town plans to move police and fire operations to a new facility to be built on North Churton Street north of Corbin Street. This will free space at that time in the downtown area for commercial redevelopment.