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

By Matthew Bernat | Dec 19, 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.

Comments (7)
Posted by: sadie | Dec 20, 2017 08:14

I thought they had already paid someone to do a pollution study awhile ago. How may pollution studies have their been ?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Dec 20, 2017 09:00

Paint windows on the plywood or wrap plywood with window printed vinyl.  

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 20, 2017 11:17

Plexiglass just sounds like a step up from plywood as a temporary window.  It will look better than being boarded up and will let some light in, but I can't imagine that plexiglass windows will remain after the restoration and development. Plastic windows and historic buildings just do not go together.



Posted by: Linda | Dec 20, 2017 11:41

Exactly my thought SPHEREBREAKER.  I did the painting of a window in my basement on a thin cabinet.  So beautiful.


SADIE, wondering the same.  As a kid I walked by it going home.  The smell was oil and maybe grease.  The sound of all those machines running was awesome.  I remember they washed or dipped the nails into a liquid.  If I was trying to sell my house and it had a small area where oil had leaked from an old vehicle, the bank inspector would make you hire someone to clean and remove it.   Big Bucks!!  So, I would think it SHOULD have been inspected!

Posted by: bob | Dec 21, 2017 06:36

Donate the dump to the fire dept.,,,

Posted by: cranky pants | Dec 21, 2017 11:29

I certainly hope that they are using the generic term plexiglass for the actual glazing. Anyone with any knowledge of plastics, polymers, and acrylic compounds would be quick to point out that plexiglass has zero UV stability, isn't shatter resistant, and isn't stable in freezing temperatures. You put plexiglass in there today and within a few years you will be replacing it again.

I'm hoping they are using Lexan style polycarbonate sheeting or glazing material. Sure. .. it might be a bit more pricey but you can't value price quality.


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 22, 2017 12:29

$2,800 really doesn't get much nowadays.  The cost of the materials plus the labor adds up quick, especially for two buildings. How many windows?  How big are they?  Is there a decimal point error in the $2,800?

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