Work on Hinsdale School renovation project continues

Demolition work at the Hinsdale School building, which is part of a renovation project by the town, on Thursday, July 15. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Demolition work at the Hinsdale School building, which is part of a renovation project by the town, on Thursday, July 15. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

WINSTED —   Work on the Hinsdale School building renovation project is continuing forward.

This week, work has continued with the demolition of 10,900 square feet of the original school building, which was originally built in 1950 at 15 Hinsdale Avenue.

The renovation project, which started in May after some delay, will also include the renovation of 32,200 square feet of the building, including the remainder of the original school building and a portion of the building that was constructed in 1988.

The project will also include the construction of a new 7,900 square foot building addition, the reconstruction of driveway and parking areas, the installation of a new storm drain system, the restoration to a natural condition of 105 feet of the Gilbert Home Brook, and the installation of two new playscapes with rubberized surfaces.

Originally, the school building, which served students from second to fourth grade, was closed back in 2016 after more than 50 years of operation.

Residents approved funding to reopen and renovate Hinsdale back in September 2019 at a special referendum.

The cost of the project was set at $17,425,000, with the town paying an estimated $10,465,075, and the state paying $6,959,925 in grants.

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