Oak Bluffs planning board approves new town hall

Architect's rendering of the new Oak Bluffs town hall.

The Oak Bluffs planning board unanimously approved the site plan for the new $9.9 million town hall, with no conditions, at its regular meeting on Thursday.

The next step is the receipt of bids for the temporary trailers. Trailer setup is set for late January, with the move planned for Feb. 15.

The 14-month construction period will begin May 1.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission unanimously approved the new building as a development of regional impact (DRI) on Oct. 19, with the “strong recommendation” to install wood floors and wool carpet, as opposed to vinyl flooring and synthetic fiber carpeting. Town hall building committee chairman Bill McGrath said the committee agreed with the change to wood floors, which will cost more but still be within the overall budget.


  1. As a tradesman who has worked on the building in the past I can without question say any new building will be better than what is there. But…. Wood floors and wool carpet in a municipal building? Does someone on the MVC have a profitable maintenance contract with the town? It should be low maintenance and built to last as long as possible. What is next, are they going to decide the color of the drapes and furniture arrangement? Approve the original architectural plan and get out of the way. Enough MVC input, they have pretty much outlived their usefulness.

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