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December 13, 2012

Derry's Adams Building offers home to many

Adams Memorial Building is a downtown gem

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“There is a lot of character in that building,” Bruzzese said. “We are proud of it when people come to see me. It’s a fantastic space for working.”

Upstairs at the Opera House, the all-volunteer arts council also sees the vision the Adams Building offers, but finds it often difficult to fill the seats on a regular basis.

Some infrastructure setbacks have kept customers — and performers — away, including not having enough space for larger bands to unload equipment prior to a show.

Mike Gendron has been involved in the life of the Opera House for many years. He said the main drawback remains a lack of parking near the building.

“That’s the biggest hindrance to our success,” he said.

Arts council member Dave Nelson said the group is happy at the Adams Building, but wants to continue the discussion with the town over its care.

“We want to continue to work with the town to come up with some reasonable goals,” Nelson said.

Town Administrator John Anderson said everyone using the Adams Building is an integral part of its life and upkeep.

He said there may be money in the town’s budget in the next few years to support roof repairs and other projects.

“The town is continuing to make investments in the building,” he said.

Arts council volunteer Mark Beland said community members should take in a show or event at the Adams to see just much the downtown could benefit from what it offers.

“We want people to let people know this beautiful rose is right in their presence,” he said.

Parnell said the Chamber is very happy with its office space.

“We are definitely there to stay for the long haul,” he said.

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