Want to know more about the Gestalt Center Purchase? (it's on the special town meeting in June)


Why do we want this building?

  • Additional Town office space for now and in the future
  • Dry and temperature-controlled storage for hard copy documents
  • It would cost $1.5 million to digitize the existing documents and for the same price we would get not only storage but additional office space

How big is it?

  • 4484 square feet
  • Full basement
  • Suitable for year-round occupancy

How much land?  

  • 2.2 acres +-

How much will it cost?

  • $1.7 million/$379.13 per square foot
  • The price includes everything but the art on the walls, statuary on the grounds, and the computers currently in the building

Why not build new office space if it’s needed?

  • New office space costs approximately $500-$700/square foot so a building of the same size would cost $2,690,400 (at $600.00/sq ft. to construct, plus the cost of any land should it be necessary.
  • A new building would require the purchase of all new furniture and supplies

How will it be paid for?

  • The cost will replace debt coming off the rolls over the next two FY. 

How will it impact an average tax bill? 


What are the costs to operate and maintain?

  • Historically, Average Electric bill is about $325.00/month (pre COVID)

Will we need additional employees? 

  • Not as a result of this purchase. 
  • There is a current need for personnel in the facilities part of the DPW. 
  • An additional Executive Assistant will be necessary for Planning.

What kind of condition are the following in:

  • HVAC - functional and in good shape. 
  • Propane - Heating systems work as they should- Propane runs about $6000/year.  
  • Well - more than adequately serves the facility
  • Septic TITLE 5 in good working order – 1500-gallon tank rated for 500 GPD which is about a 50-seat capacity
  • Wiring – In excellent shape as are the electrical panels

Once we own it, what will happen next and when?

  • The Town Administrator will determine which departments will move into the new space and the schedule for any moves.
  • Going forward, the Town will investigate decarbonizing the building and installing solar panels on the roof

Why not convert the building into housing?

  • The cost of converting it would be more than the purchase price
  • It’s not designed for apartments