WESTBOROUGH – What has been a topic of discussion for the past decade may become reality within the next couple of years.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Select Board was told of an opportunity to purchase the Boston Sports Club at Bay State Commons, and convert it into a community center.
The two-floor building includes 31,000 square feet of space on the first floor, and 32,500 square feet on the second floor. Amenities include a pool, a basketball court, office space and a meeting room.
Part of the purchase would include adjacent parking spaces.
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Should the building be purchased, the plans call for moving the Senior Center into the first floor, and the Recreation Department into the second floor, according to a presentation by Town Manager Kristi Williams.
The price tag is $8.8 million. According to Williams, the cost could be covered by borrowing over a 20-year period, at 5 percent; it would add $68 to the average single-family tax bill.
“It may seem like a lot of money, but it’s a pretty unique opportunity,” said board member Ian Johnson.
Williams would like to have this brought to fall Town Meeting on Oct. 16.
“This is a great opportunity,” said board member Shelby Marshall. “The building is relatively new and well maintained. I’m excited about its potential.”
Board member Allen Edinberg said the building is within walking distance from three schools.
“It’s unique in its location,” he said.
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“It’s an opportunity to get the senior community what they need,” said board member Patrick Welch.
Johnson would like to get community input prior to having the article brought to Town Meeting.
Board Chair Sean Keogh credited Williams for working with Grossman Development Group, who is the owners of Bay State Commons.
The slide show is available via https://www.westboroughma.gov/