Due diligence continues at Community Center site in Westborough

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Due diligence continues at Community Center site in Westborough
Westborough is hoping to turn the former Boston Sports Club in Bay State Commons into a community center. (Photo/Tami White)

WESTBOROUGH – The next steps for the Community Center are underway.

With the town entering a purchase-and-sale agreement for 1500 Union St., Town Manager Kristi Williams discussed the next phase at the Select Board’s meeting on Oct. 24.

According to Williams, due diligence at the site – the current home of Boston Sports Clubs – has started. This includes inspections of the structure, pool and mechanicals.

Williams said the inspections should be completed by mid-November.

Should the site pass inspection, the town could move the closing date, which is currently scheduled for late March.

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Williams added that community engagement could begin soon; the first step would be sending out a request for proposals (RFP) for community engagement and schematic design.

For the annual Town Meeting next spring, Williams said there will be budget requests to fund the site’s utilities and maintenance, and for several positions, including a community center director and custodian.

At the Fall Special Town Meeting on Oct. 16, residents approved the authorization of the purchase-and-sale agreement, along with funding toward due diligence and community engagement.

Other items

Williams announced that the shelter at the Sharp Building, near Lake Chauncy, had its opening postponed again. It is now scheduled to open in December, and the site is still slated to welcome up to 20 families.

The flags on the Rotary will be in place Nov. 4-18.

The town’s annual Veterans Day observance will take place Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Forbes Municipal Building.

 

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