Two years later, work is scheduled to begin soon on final repairs to the main hall at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington.

An August 2012 propane blast blew out the large, arched windows in the hall and did minor structural damage, including to the stage.

The Board of Selectmen awarded the bid Sept. 12 to Hawley Construction Company of Danbury to construct a conference room in the west end of the hall where the stage had been.

The $387,666 cost of the conference room's construction will be paid by the town's insurance through CIRMA, the Connecticut Council of Municipalities.

"We expect Hawley to start work in the next few weeks, with a finish date of mid-January," said First Selectman Mark Lyon. "We spent a lot of time sorting out if putting a stage back in made sense. The consensus was that it wouldn't be used, and so we set out to decide on the next best use of the space."

The conference room will seat 60 and incorporate the present west side exit as a doorway to the room.

The room will be climate controlled and feature audio visual capability for laptop presentations.

The original main hall will maintain its longtime grandeur. The difference will be a wall to the conference room behind the stage curtain.

"There were a lot of architectural challenges to be addressed to maintain the look of the main hall, and also the outside of the building," Lyon said.

The heating system boiler in the basement was also damaged in the blast. It was replaced in November 2012.

The brick walls in the lower level of the building were demolished and that level was reconfigured.

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