Six months after Suffield voters overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to sell the Bridge Street School building, town officials are again looking to the public to help decide the future of the decaying structure.
Several events are planned in the coming months to collect information, discuss issues associated with the property and hear residents' ideas and priorities.
A trio of open houses are scheduled in late April at the building. They will be held Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, April 25, 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The open house meetings will give Suffield residents the opportunity to visit the building and the property to familiarize themselves with the opportunities and issues. Suffield residents are encouraged to attend one of these open houses. The meetings are scheduled at different times and days to give all Suffield residents an opportunity to participate.
"The town is trying to determine the future of this vacant school building, and these open houses will give residents the opportunity to see the property first-hand," Patrick McMahon, Director of Economic and Community Development, said in an email.
A public forum on the Bridge Street School - “Suffield Speaks” - has been set for Tuesday, May 14 at Suffield High School, starting at 7 p.m.
“I think it is important for Suffield residents to have the chance to participate in a structured dialogue and approach about this important issue”, First Selectman Ed McAnaney said in a news release.