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House approves Old Town Hall funds

Representative Kafka (D-Stoughton), Representative Rogers (D-Norwood), Representative McMurtry (D-Dedham), and Representative Dooley (R-Norfolk) joined with their colleagues in the House on Tuesday to pass a $666 million economic development bond bill (H.4714) that includes $1,000,000 for the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall in Walpole.

The iconic building, located at 972 Main St., is over 130 years old and on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The Old Town hall is a signature building in Walpole,” said Representative Louis L. Kafka. “The money that was allocated in this bill will go a long way to bringing it back to its former glory.”

“Old Town Hall is a historic and storied building which has played many different roles in its 130 year history,” said Representative Paul McMurtry. “It is our responsibility to protect Walpole’s historic town treasure for future generations and this Bond Bill authorization is the first step in doing just that.”

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with the entire Walpole delegation to get this funding included in the house economic development bill,” said Representative Shawn Dooley. “The taxpayers of Walpole deserve a state government that is responsive to their needs and dedicated to their priorities. I can think of no better way to return their hard earned money than by helping to redevelop and repurpose this Walpole landmark for the benefit of all in our community.”

Representative Rogers remarked: “There are many people in Walpole working hard to envision the next phase of Old Town Hall’s long life of service. I am very glad my colleagues in the House of Representatives and I were able to make our contribution to this endeavor, which will go a long way in the redevelopment and protection of this beautiful old building which is the centerpiece of downtown and will hopefully be a magnet for economic development and growth for generations to come.”

This bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. If enacted, this bill will provide authorization for the administration to borrow up to $1,000,000 for renovation; the final decision to borrow the money rests with Governor Baker.

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