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Appraiser gives old Wakefield City Hall thumbs down

 

June 25, 2019

P.J. Glisson/Daily Globe

THE NOW vacant Wakefield city hall stands empty on Monday evening, boasting a 1915 construction insignia and showing its age via crumbling columns and steps, boarded windows, and uneven blocks. A local property assessor has advised the Wakefield city council to seek state funding to have the building demolished. The city garage, shown partially to the right, poses an additional problem in that utility work from the city hall feeds into the garage. The property address is 311 Sunday Lake Street.

By P.J. GLISSON

news@yourdailyglobe.com

WAKEFIELD - Property appraiser Tom Williams said Monday evening that he wishes he had better news about the now vacant Wakefield City Hall that still stands with sad pride on the town's Sunday Lake Street.

"Unfortunately, it is what it is," he said to council members, who voiced no surprise.

The council hired Williams, of the R.T. Williams Agency, Inc. in Ironwood, in the spring to inspect the hall. The result was his presentation of a related 28-page report to the council.

The appraiser said age is a significant issue with the hall, which was built...



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