Site Work Starts At Motel Caswell, Demolition Should Begin In A Month
Aug 05, 2014 01:24PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Site work is already being done on the land behind the Motel Caswell.
According to owner Russ Caswell, Aug. 25 has now been set as the date of closure for the motel, which has been in his family for more than 50 years.
"The demolition will probably start about a week later," he said.
Caswell, 71, is in the process of selling the motel and the 4.3-acre parcel it sits on at 434 Main St., to Donald MacLaren for $2.1 million. MacLaren plans to build a $12 million entertainment complex on the site, including a bowling alley, arcade and restaurant.
According to Community Development Director Steve Sadwick, the MacLaren group has received the needed variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals and is already doing site work on the land behind the motel.
MacLaren and his team are expected to present their official site plan at the Planning Board's first September meeting, according to Sadwick.
The sale of the motel and the property will not be official until the town signs off on the MacLaren project, to be known as Wamesit Lanes.
Interestingly, Caswell says he has no plans to sell the home he and his wife live in, which is located right next to the motel.
"Nope, we'll be staying right here," he said.