WESTBOROUGH – A lot of residents value the Westborough Golf Club.
Whether they are members of the club or not, they are interested in the future of the building that once housed the Civic Kitchen & Drink restaurant.
During the Select Board’s meeting on March 16, the board heard from those wishing to join the Golf Club Building Use Committee. According to Chair Sean Keogh, there has been “tremendous interest” in the committee.
“It’s so exciting to see” the level of interest, said Select Board member Shelby Marshall.
A building assessment conducted by the town over the winter found that the club building needs about $800,000 in repairs. In late January, the Select Board voted to not extend a request for proposals to lease out space for a restaurant.
As a result, the Civic, which had been operating in that space since 2015, shut down.
The pro shop will remain at the building, and it will be open for the season.
The seven-member committee has one seat available for a club member and two seats for residents who are not members of the club.
Seven members of the club, along with nearly two dozen non-club members, have expressed interest in joining the committee.
“I know the building pretty well,” said Clay Borglund.
Borglund is a club member who’s run a roofing company for 35 years and worked on the club building’s roof.
“It’s a gem and asset to the town,” said Teresa O’Day, a club member since 1995. “The building is a town treasure.”
“I really love the course,” said Matthew Jerome, a nonmember of the club. “I want to have a say.”
Another nonmember, Bryan White, would like to see the building repurposed for office or art exhibit space. In addition, he’d like to see more activities at the course, such as snowshoeing.
The board will review the applications and will make its selections at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 28. Even those not selected to the committee are encouraged to provide input.
Once the committee is formed, it has until Oct. 1 to determine the best use of the building.