HARVARD -- Building Committee Chairman Pete Jackson, accompanied by committee members Eric Broadbent and Chris Cutler, gave a six-slide presentation to update selectmen on the progress of the Town Hall renovation project to date.

Specifically, the design plan.

"There are no big differences in the new designs so far, but that could change when cost estimates come in later this week," Jackson said. Referencing on-screen diagrams, he talked them through the existing floor plan, showing areas to be demolished, including the part of the building that houses the meeting room.

A slide of the new layout showed all the offices, while the next two showed the second floor, old and new. Jackson noted the reduced-size of the stage in the new version, with "dedicated rooms" for various purposes, bathrooms, storage closet, elevator and stairs. The copier will also be up there, he said.

In the latest architectural rendition of the building's renovated west side, the primary entrance is still there, in accordance with the Historic Commission's desire to have it so. This came out of a meeting with the HC, he said, adding that another meeting was set for the next night, when the committee will present sketches of the shutters, another HC issue. The final slide shows "subtle differences" in the Ayer Road side of the building that were also sparked by historic concerns, with "reduced glass" and changes in the numbers of panes in some of the windows.


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Jackson handed out the latest iteration of the project schedule and budget. "We're a little over half done with construction documentation due in July, which will trigger new cost estimates, he said. "Then we go to the public bid process" which ends in September.

Bills are paid through May, with $160,000 spent to date and a projected project forecast of $3,970,000, same as it started out, Jackson said. With "fairly minor adjustments" anticipated, he said the number could change, but hopefully, not dramatically.

Selectman Ron Ricci asked how much has been spent on legal and other added costs due to the zoning variance application, which the Zoning Board ultimately denied.

Town Administrator Tim Bragan said legal costs for the zoning application came to $8,768, while an additional other $9,570 paid for extra surveying, site plan update and related design adjustments. The latter amount went to LLB and GPR, the architects and the civil engineering firm, respectively.