DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

March 27, 2014

Londonderry Lions Hall in need of floor repair

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — One of the town’s historic spots needs repairs to keep it safe.

The Londonderry Lions Hall’s main function room is closed indefinitely after an inspection revealed structural concerns.

An inspection prior to a Lions comedy night event canceled the event earlier this month.

Crews went into the building earlier this week to gauge the condition of the main floor and decide what work would need to be done.

Town Manager Kevin Smith said workers ripped up three layers of the floor to find out how bad things were.

“Once they’ve completed that, we’ll have a better idea of what the next course of action needs to be,” Smith said. “They will let us know exactly what needs to be done to make that floor safe.”

The town will spend about $2,000 from an expendable maintenance fund to begin the work, that could include pulling up a major portion of the flooring.

The town will then get more details on what a final cost will be. The building is one of Londonderry’s oldest.

According to town records, the building was built as the town’s original town hall in the 1770s near the corner of Pillsbury and Hardy Roads.

Originally used as the Rev. William Morrison’s meeting house, the building was moved to its current location on Mammoth Road after the nearby Presbyterian Church was constructed.

Through the years, the building saw renovations and expansion projects, and hosted many town social functions and meetings.

In 1972, the Lions began using the hall. It was also used by other groups.

The Lions Club uses the hall for many of its functions throughout the year, including blood drives, meetings and social events.

Local senior citizens also called the hall home while the senior center was getting renovations.

The club had to cancel a planned comedy night fundraiser earlier this month after an inspection revealed concerns.

The main room was put off limits, but other areas are safe to use, including upper level rooms and the front lobby.

The Lions Club plans to reschedule its comedy night fundraiser to a later date.