Cambridge city council gets update on maintenance, security at historic spot
The Preston Springs Hotel will be temporarily fenced off as part of the next step in the City of Cambridge’s efforts to get the building’s owner to maintain the historic structure.
City council got an update Tuesday night on ongoing efforts to maintain the building. In April, the city issued an order to ensure that the historic structure is secured and maintained.
The wooden fencing might end up providing a canvas for a community art project, according to one suggestion from an update reported to Cambridge City Council.
It will also protect the vacant building and anyone tempted to enter and explore it.
Council didn’t hear when people living in the area will see the temporary fencing go up.
Haastown Holdings Preston Incorporated, the property’s owner, has also closed up pits and holes on the ground floor and secured the front entrance, according to what councillors heard on Tuesday.
“The owner is being cooperative, and he wants to keep it secure as well,” said Mann.
“The owner is going to come back to us with some ideas about what he thinks could happen with that building,” said Mann. He anticipates a meeting in the next few weeks.
Built in 1880 as the Preston Springs Hotel, the property has served as a sanatorium, Second World War naval training facility and a retirement home.