Those are the options on the table as the
A week before the council is expected to make a decision, officials representing all three proposals pitched their ideas during a Tuesday workshop.
The three bids received by the city came from the
During this week's workshop, councilors appeared to lean toward the Avesta proposal, which would place 44 senior housing units in a restored school building.
The school closed in 2019, and was officially considered city property as of
Among the chief concerns listed by the city is retaining the historic school structure as well as the adjacent green space and playground.
The Gendron proposal to purchase the property for
He said Gendron has developed a number of industrial and commercial buildings throughout
He told the council Gendron would be redeveloping Martel for one or two "national tenants" who are interested in the property.
If selected, Paszyc said development could follow quickly, with demolition occurring as soon as possible and construction by 2021.
"Right now in
The Avesta proposal states that the original 1922 three-story structure would be retained and renovated if it could be placed on the National Historic Registry. They would also demolish the newer single-story wing of classrooms and auditorium to make way for new construction. The project would also include a recreation easement for the city to use the green space.
Kilmurry said there is no senior housing in
Kilmurry said the property is also within walking distance of a supermarket, pharmacy and other retail stores while being on the bus line.
"We understand that many residents have deep connections to former schools so we work to redevelop these structures so they can continue to serve the community for many years to come," she said.
Hatfield said the rehab would include restoration of the original building's facade, but include new windows and utility systems to maximize efficiency.
Hatfield said the hope is to secure all the necessary funding by next year so that construction can begin by early 2022.
The entire project is estimated to cost
The SHAREcenter's bid for
The SHAREcenter serves
If agreed upon, the city would become the "fiscal agent" for the project, and councilors questioned whether the city or SHAREcenter would be on the hook for maintenance and repair costs in the future, and the general sustainability of the organization in that location.
Rodrigues said because SHAREcenter is a nonprofit, they plan to apply for grants and other means to address the issues. She added that through partnerships and space rentals, the organization could begin bringing in revenue now.
According to a
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