Acushnet has been undergoing a transformation recently. Three major projects in town are underway and progress is being made on all three fronts. The Police Station, Acushnet Saw Mill and New Library are all works in progress.
According to Police Chief Michael Alves, the goal of the Police Station was to get the building weather tight by Christmas and then they can heat the interior and work on the inside all winter long. The exterior of the building is part wood and part block, a material similar to cinder block. The block material is a code requirement for new police stations. It is used to make the dispatcher and prisoner processing areas fire and bullet resistant.
The Acushnet Sawmill is also coming along with help from the carpentry department at Old Colony Voke. This effort is being undertaken by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. According to Restoration Ecologist Sara Quintal, the Old Colony students are working on the learning center as part of a community service learning project. Old Colony Architectural Design students designed the refurbishment of a small building on the property to accommodate the addition of bathrooms. The Carpentry students are working on the bathrooms and have been doing carpentry mill work. Electrical students are working on the electricity but Greater New Bedford Voke plumbing students are working on the plumbing since Old Colony does not have a plumbing department.
SumCo Eco-Contracting were working on a bridge over the Acushnet River. They are also doing wetland restoration and site grading. A fish way has also been included as well as a pedestrian bridge. The fish way is made of rocks to look like a natural river.
A grand opening of the Sawmill is scheduled for June of 2015.
Old Colony Students are very busy. They are also working to transform the former Marie S. Howard School into a library. Kristen Leotti of the Library Board of Trustees said, “Right now, they are working on heating and air conditioning upgrades.” They are are also installing insulation and upgrading the electrcial lighting. Strong support beams are also being added to support the heavy weight of the bookshelves.
The new library will have some great new features such as two quiet rooms, a nice periodicals room where people can sit and relax, and handicap accessibility. There will also be a children’s arts and crafts room off the children’s area.
The new library should be finished and ready to open by late spring or early summer. It should be a great change for the better.
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