By Mina Corpuz
GROTON -- Months after another attempt to lease the Prescott School, the Select Board unanimously approved a request for proposals Monday.
The RFP is seeking proposals from nonprofit or for-profit corporations that offer a mix of use with public and private activities such as community programming and retail that benefits the community.
The proposed three-year lease would begin Sept. 1.
One factor for the delay was to clear up the building's use.
At a March meeting, Val Prest of the Municipal Building Committee for the Prescott School brought a potential discrepancy about building codes and allowed use to the board.
Select Board members wanted to hold the RFP to make sure the problem was resolved.
Since then, the building commissioner approved a building use change from Use E for educational purposes to Use B for business, said Town Manager Mark Haddad.
A business plan doesn't need to be included in the RFP.
Specific plans will come through negotiations with the town, he said, but it will be important to get a sense of operator has in mind in its proposal.
RFPs are due July 26, Haddad said, and the goal is to approve a lease by the end of August.
If there is not a lease, the town may need to pay for operating cots for the Prescott School, he said.
The building previously served as a school and is now the home of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District's central office. The district plans to leave the Prescott School by the end of August.
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