special thanks . . .

. . . to those who set the stage

2012 Motivated by "if not now, when", the Underutilized Town Assets Committee reviewed prior studies, assessed the building's condition and engaged with the East Princeton community. Their key recommendation was to form the Friends of Mechanics Hall.
  Their final report has been posted on the Town's website.
Click to review it here. Detailed information about Mechanics Hall is in Appendices VI, VIII and IX.
2009 We mourned the sudden passing of Dennis Rindone, Princeton's Town Administrator. This was a great loss to the community. Dennis was a great supporter of preserving Mechanics Hall. He authorized the construction of a new roof in 2000 — a critical step that slowed the deterioration of the building. Had he lived, he would have honored his commitment to have the building spruced up and pot holes filled in for a less abandoned appearance.
2007 The Town Plan noted that “If any town building illustrates the need for asset management policies, it is Mechanics Hall.”
2006 In the Heritage Landscape Reconnaissance Report, Mechanics Hall was identified as “one of Princeton’s most important, yet underutilized, civic buildings and anchor of the historic district.”
2004 Joyce Anderson (Princeton Historical Commission) led a Mechanics Hall Study Committee that researched the deed, surveyed the property, obtained a real estate appraisal and tested the land for an acceptable perc rate. They noted the building's historic value and potential commercial uses.
1997 The Princeton Municipal Light Department evaluated the feasibility of restoring/renovating Mechanics Hall for use as their office.