Motel Caswell To Be Replaced By $12M Entertainment Complex
May 27, 2014 01:35PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
An artist's rendition of the proposed Wamesit Lanes project.
The MacLaren family has signed a purchase and sale agreement with Russ Caswell to buy the Motel Caswell and the 4.3-acre parcel it sits on at 434 Main St., for $2.1 million.
At a press conference Tuesday at Town Hall, Donald MacLaren and his son, Donnie MacLaren, announced their plans for a $12 million entertainment complex to be called Wamesit Lanes.
According to the MacLaren's plans, the complex will feature a restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating for approximately 160, 32 10-pin bowling lanes, including an eight-lane private function area, six golf simulators, a 5,000 square foot arcade, bocci courts and two fire pits.
Donny MacLaren said he expects the complex to generate 80-100 full and part-time jobs.
Longtime town residents will recall the original Wamesit Lanes that once stood on the site that is now home to Home Depot.
Donald MacLaren said the complex, which is being designed by Gavin & Sullivan Architects of Lowell, would feature a Native American motif.
"We want to do something that is in keeping in line with the Wamesit Indians, who lived in that area," he said.
The MacLaren's are lifelong residents of Tewksbury. Donald MacLaren, his father and grandfather all owned welding businesses in town.
The Motel Caswell went on the market last year, shortly after Russ Caswell successfully defended himself against efforts by the Federal Government to seize the property due to alleged crimes committed by guests at the motel.
MacLaren said he first approached Caswell six months ago about buying the property. At that time, he said, Caswell had an agreement in place with another buyer. That deal fell through, however, and MacLaren and Caswell were able to strike a deal.
"I've known Rusty Caswell my whole life," said MacLaren. "We couldn't be doing this if it weren't for the Caswells. They had a lot of interested buyers. But we were the only ones they came back to. They wanted to do something good for the town.
The MacLaren's have been talking to Town Manager Richard Montuori and various town department heads for the past few weeks regarding their proposal. They are scheduled to meet, informally, with the Planning Board on Monday, June 2, for a conceptual discussion.
Donny MacLaren said that if all goes according to plan, they are targeting Fall 2015 to open for business.
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