The new community space at MarketStreet Lynnfield will be named after former Selectman Al Merritt, who resigned on December 31st for health reasons.
Bob MacKendrick and Dave Nelson approved the proposal Monday night to name the forthcoming facility “The Al Merritt Media And Cultural Center.” Nelson noted that the name has already been discussed with both Merritt and with National Development, the company building MarketStreet Lynnfield.
Merritt’s seat on the board of selectmen remains vacant until the April town election. Nelson noted that the naming choice was “in honor of Al’s service to the (MarketStreet) project and to his outstanding service to the town of Lynnfield.” MacKendrick concurred that naming the center after Merritt is “certainly entirely appropriate.”
The Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center will be located on the second floor of the building that will be known as 600 Market Street. The management office for National Development is also expected to be on that floor as well. Earlier in the meeting, selectmen got some additional updates on the future community space at MarketStreet from Deanne Healey, chair of the town’s cable access advisory committee.
According to Healey, the new space is expected to open in September, although it remains to be seen if all of the planned local access TV and other equipment will be completely available at that point. The total cost of the 3,797 square foot facility would be just over $200,000. Town officials confirmed after the meeting that the cost would be covered by the town's existing cable access funds.
A further benefit to the town was presented by Ted Caswell, also of the cable access committee, who reported that National Development would be donating a "warm shell" structure for the center, essentially meaning it will come equipped with heating, lighting, carpets, ceilings and other such items, allowing considerable savings in the process.
Right now, about 15 buildings are under construction at the MarketStreet at Lynnfield site. The steel to be used in building 600 Market Street will reportedly arrive in about 5 weeks, followed by about 4 more weeks of construction.
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