Town Hall gets makeover

Published 4:42 pm Thursday, September 11, 2008

One of Indian Springs Village’s oldest and most beloved landmarks is undergoing a minor makeover.

Two renovation projects for the Town Hall’s bathroom and kitchen will upgrade utilities while maintaining the building’s historical integrity, said Mayor Steve Zerkis.

“It’ll be nice and charming, and it’ll be done in about a month,” Zerkis said.

The first project will involve the replacement of the bathroom’s plumbing and electrical wiring, which is estimated to be at least 60 years old, Zerkis said. In addition, the tub and shower area will be removed.

Zerkis said the end result will be an old style bathroom reminiscent of the 1890s, when the Town Hall was built for use as a farmhouse. For example, the sink faucet will resemble an old pump well.

The second project will involve the replacement of the rear entry door and the installation of new tile flooring in the bathroom, kitchen and rear entry area. Energy efficient and cost saving hot water systems will be installed in the bathroom and kitchen, and the some of the kitchen’s trim will be replaced to resemble the original front of the building.

Both projects are estimated to cost between $18,000 and $19,000, Zerkis said.

After speaking with a carpenter about the overall condition of the Town Hall, Zerkis was informed that the structure was built tough. The carpenter was impressed with the quality of wood used to build the Town Hall more than a century ago.

“It’s a solid structure,” Zerkis said. “We’re going to keep maintaining it and take care of it.”

Zerkis said the Town Council will continue to meet at the Town Hall until the renovations are complete. Residents are welcome to gather at the Town Hall for events if they don’t mind being without a bathroom or a kitchen for the next few weeks. When the Town Hall is fully operating, it is used for club meetings, family reunions and weddings.

The renovations will be officially revealed at Indian Springs Village’s Founders’ Day celebration during the third weekend in October.