Wareham Selectmen approve spending $2,800 for windows at Tremont Nail property

Dec 20, 2017

Selectmen approved spending $2,800 to install plexiglass windows in two buildings in the Tremont Nail Factory District. Located on a 7.2-acre site on Elm Street, the district is home to several historic buildings that once belonged to the Tremont Nail Company, which built nails onsite for nearly 100 years.

The town of Wareham bought the property in 2004. In recent years, progress has been made in transforming the site into a destination, complete with shops, event space and perhaps housing. This summer, a car show was held in the district and in August a gala held there served as an open house for the property.

The request came from Town Administrator Derek Sullivan and Municipal Maintenance Director Dave Menard. Currently, plywood is covering the windows.

Money for the windows will come from the Community & Economic Development Authority’s miscellaneous income fund.

The authority was dissolved in April following a vote at Town Meeting. The board was replaced with a Redevelopment Authority consisting of five members. They are tasked with creating an economic development plan for Wareham with a focus on eliminating blight and expanding the tax base.

Selectmen voted 3-1 to install the windows. Selectman Patrick Tropeano voted against, saying he wanted to make sure the site, which must be studied for potential pollution, will be suitable for development.

“Until we determine it’s going to be a viable property, I don’t want to spend any money,” said Tropeano.