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There will be several meetings with the Commission staff and a Public Hearing with the Commissioners. The tentative schedule is Aug 28 for the LUPC (Land Use Planning Committee) hearing and Sep 21 for the Public Hearing. After deliberation, the Commission will issue a decision, probably in the first half of October that may confirm the plan, add conditions, or deny the plan. After the decision by the MV Commission, the Oak Bluffs Planning Board will resume the site plan review process. When that process is completed, assuming approval by the Planning Board, the Town can proceed with moving town hall employees and functions, razing the old building and bidding the new building.
In all, referral to the MV Commission will probably add fifty days to the process and will likely add thousands of dollars to expenses applied to the Building Project's contingency fund.
An elevator and open staircases connect all three floors.
An acoustically designed conference room on the main floor will accommodate 60 people for large meetings and public events.
There are two restrooms on each floor and several small "kitchenettes" available for washing hands and preparing snacks and hot drinks.
Town offices are positioned throughout the new building so as to provide most townspeople one stop-shopping for their needs. For example, Building Inspectors, Board of Health and Conservation Commission are co-located on the lower level because they often need access to the same plans during an approval process. The Town Clerk has immediate access to a much larger Vault where vital public and town documents are safe guarded. On the main level, the Assessor and Tax Collector have counters that are ADA accessible.
The exterior of the building is designed for minimal maintenance, and the large south facing roof dormer is fully ready and wired for Solar panel installation, which when installed should make this energy efficient, all electric building, nearly self sufficient.
There are small conference rooms available on each floor to accommodate the many volunteer boards and committees that help make Oak Bluffs the special town it is.