Maja Hall Could Be Ready by Spring in Ashby
By Mina Corpuz
ASHBY -- Maja Hall could be complete and ready for use by the spring because of the public’s help during the holidays.
The Fire/EMS Association is hosting fundraising events to raise money to build a new roof and redo the hall’s bathrooms.
“We have the folks to do it,” said Fire Chief Mike Bussell, referring to tradesmen with the department who are willing to volunteer their time for the building restoration project. “We just need the materials and supplies to do it.”
One of the fundraisers is a winter scratch ticket raffle. Tickets are $20 can be purchased from members of the Fire Department and the store at 873 Cafe. There will be three names drawn on Jan. 17 and the prizes are a $30 scratch ticket book, a $10 ticket book, and a $2 ticket book.
Chris Borneman, vice president of the Ashby Fire/EMS Association, said the goal is to raise $3,000 from the raffle.
Another way to help with the restoration project is to eat at 873 Cafe on the same night. The restaurant will give 10 percent of profits from food and drinks to Maja Hall, he said.
The Fire/EMS Association will also accept donations.
Funds could also be used for interior work, like flooring and painting. Bussell said it made more sense to complete repairs all at once rather than in chunks.
Once complete, the hall would be available for town and community use.
Before, local nonprofits like the Boys and Girl Scouts or alumni groups had to find their own space around town, Bussell said.
Residents could also use the space for personal events, like a baby shower or a graduation, he said.
“We really don’t have a lot of space in the community,” Bussell said. “I’m wishing this will fill a void.”
Borneman said money generated from renting out the hall would go back into fixing it up.
The Fire/EMS Association has leased the building at 47 Erickson Road since the summer and began restoration work in October, he said.
Maja Hall was built in the 1950s, according to land records.The town owns the building, which will be managed by the Fire/EMS Association.
The building sits on a parcel that is 3.6 acres and has a total finished area of about 2,725 square feet, town land records show.
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