WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — A public meeting will be held Wednesday in the Forbes Municipal Building to discuss the possible relocation of the Westborough Town Offices to Bay State Commons.
"This meeting will be held to obtain general input from the public on this proposal," according to a town press release. The goal of the project would be to provide the town with a "21st century town office in the middle of a "lifestyle center."
The space in question is the second floor of the building that houses Roche Bros., facing the front parking lot. The building has an elevator.
According to a long-term lease quote obtained by the town and estimates for converting the space, the cost would be in the area of $2.4 million.
The estimated cost to renovate of the current Town Hall and build a new recreation center is close to $11.1 million, according to town documents.
The plan would be to sell the current Town Hall building with a deed restriction to protect the exterior facade. The basketball court would remain at the Forbes Municipal Building and the Office of Recreation could move to Forbes or the new space. Youth and Family Services could stay on the third floor of Forbes with the school offices. The police department would take up the first and second floor, according to the release.
Town Manager Jim Malloy said Wednesday's special meeting will be a discussion, and no decisions will be made.
"The obvious downside is that the Town Hall will no longer be owned by the town," Malloy said.