WEST PARIS — Carpenters are set to begin building the grandstand at the Edward J. Mann Athletic Complex on High Street on Monday, Town Manager John White told selectmen recently.

“The foundation is in, and the carpentry work is set to begin on the 24th. The project is projected to take about 90 days so it should be done early this fall and ready for use next spring when the new ball season begins,” he told the board Thursday.

The site work and foundation was done jointly by TK & Sons Concrete Foundations of Hebron and A.J. Levesque Excavating of Poland for $20,400. The carpentry will be done by Protech Builders of Fryeburg for $41,732.

The original 1940s grandstand was destroyed by fire last summer; a teenage boy was charged with setting it.

The new grandstand will be 70- by 30-feet and the same style as the original. The lumber for the original was donated by Harold Perham, for whom one of the three ball fields at the complex is named.

In other business, White announced that the West Paris Public Library addition will begin as soon as project manager Wright Ryan lines up the subcontractors. There will be more space for books, a children’s reading and community room, and computers. It will also comply with the American with Disabilities Act. The project is expected to be finish in the fall.


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