Easthampton’s City Council voted unanimously to fund $256,000 to CitySpace, Inc for the entry and lobby restoration of the 1869 town hall.  The CPA funds will be in addition to the $133,000 grant  awarded from the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, under the Promoting Community Development and Tourism in Central and Western Massachusetts’ grant program.

Easthampton’s iconic old Town Hall managed by CitySpace and owned by the City of Easthampton is an historic building located in the heart of the City that offers ongoing community and cultural programming by its tenants:  Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton City Arts + (ECA+) and Big Red Frame/Elusie Gallery. CitySpace has worked to establish and maintain the old Town Hall as a vital center for the arts.

The organization is working in partnership with the City of Easthampton on this project.  City’s Financial Director Melissa Zawadzki, the City’s procurement officer will be releasing an RFP for construction in coordination with Reinhart Associates, the firm overseeing the project design and construction.

Ed Check President of City Space says, “We are so grateful the City of Easthampton recognizes the importance and attractiveness of the old Town Hall. Once the restoration of the lobby is finished the public can witness how one historic building can reinvent itself for the needs of its community. Many thanks to the Mayor, city council and CPA committee for supporting CitySpace’s mission to create a vital center for the arts.”

Watch the City Council meeting recorded by Easthampton Community Access Television

CityCouncil 10 1 14 from Easthampton Media: on Vimeo.