The historic Howe School is located north of town center and has remained vacant for the past 20+ years. While there have been efforts to revitalize the historic building, none have come to fruition.
The Town has already invested time and funds toward this unique restoration project. Moreover, BATV has become vested in this worthwhile project with no guarantee of a subsequent lease. Unfortunately, BATV does not have the luxury of investing more time as its current lease terminates September 30, 2022. If Articles 22 and 27 fail at the upcoming Spring Town Meeting, BATV will need to identify alternative plans for its home.
While BATV is more commonly known for collaborating with citizens and organizations to create local cable programming of interest and importance to the community, it provides many other services including educational programs for all ages, meeting and gathering space, video production assistance, equipment lending, and collaborations with schools, organizations, businesses, and much more. Should BATV be fortunate enough to be awarded the opportunity to lease the restored Howe School, its services could become even more robust. The proposed floor plans for the Howe project include administrative and content creation spaces as well as ample space for general public use. There is also a plan to display some of the historic Town artifacts that the Town possesses. If this project is successful, BATV is hopeful to regularly host community cultural events that would include the likes of film screenings, poetry slams, story-telling competitions, small concerts and more.
BATV has been providing valuable services for the community since 1987 and is a well regarded non-profit organization. BATV has the resources to partner with the Town of Billerica to make this rare opportunity a reality. Most recently, the Town, with the assistance of BATV, renewed two cable contracts that positioned the Town and BATV in such a way to minimize current threats to PEG access television. With your support, this project will give a new and vibrant life to the historic Howe School and provide the Billerica community with a state of the art, multi-use media center.
Should you have any questions, please contact BATV Executive Director Sam Schauerman at 978.663.2284 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask for your support and your “yes” vote on Articles 22 and 27 to make this unique project a reality.