A new face in town

By Denise Coffey
Putnam - posted Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
The façade at 88 Main St., Putnam, will soon undergo a face lift. Photo by Denise Coffey.
The façade at 88 Main St., Putnam, will soon undergo a face lift. Photo by Denise Coffey.

The Bond Commission approved funding for the renovation to 88 Main St. and the Palo Property on Furnace Street in Putnam on Dec. 10, 2010. “The second time around was the charm,” Putnam Town Administrator Doug Cutler said. “We’re hoping to hear back from them anytime now. Because of the change-over of the administration we haven’t been pressuring them in terms of getting back to us. We haven’t been knocking on their door.”
The town has to get agreements from the various state agencies that have responsibilities with these projects.  “The façade program for 88 Main St. is going to be handled through the Department of Economic and Community Development. The DECD handles community development projects which the façade project falls under, so they will have the responsibility for the administration of those monies,” Cutler said.
Once the determination is made and those agreements are in place, the façade project will go out to bid. Notifications will be put in the paper. Cutler wasn’t sure how it would tie in with the rest of the renovation work that Mr. Dexter, the owner of the property, was doing.  “Whether he would do the façade earlier or whether it will be tied in with the renovation work, that would be scheduled, we don’t know.”
The Department of Environmental Affairs or Protection will administer money through state agencies for the demolition and clean up of the Palo property. “We haven’t actually gotten a determination on that, but what usually happens is that we follow appropriate bidding procedures,” Cutler said.  “We put out a bid to do the demolition and the environmental cleanup.  We haven’t gotten to this point yet,” he acknowledged.  
Once the bid is awarded, the clean-up of the Palo property will need to be done within 60 days.
The timeline for a Palo cleanup was within 60 days of awarding the bid. “It’s all dependent on when we get the bid out and when we get the responses back,” he said.
“Of course, it’s complicated because of all the snow, but they could probably still do demolition work and cleanup at the Palo property.”
“We don’t want to go too much longer without getting this work done,” Cutler said.  
A total of $508,421.00 was requested for the Palo Property on Furnace Street, and $400, 00.00 was requested for the Main Street Group.

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