State And Local Leaders Hail Start Of Wamesit Lanes ProjectSep 04, 2014 12:06AM ● By Bill Gilman
State Rep. Jim Miceli, Donald MacLaren Sr., state Sen. Barry Finegold, Donald MacLaren Jr., Selectman Jim Wentworth, Community Development Director Steve Sadwick gather for a press conference marking the start of the Wamesit Lanes project.
With the Motel Caswell closed and town approval in process, it's full speed ahead for construction of Wamesit Lanes.
Site development on the $12 million entertainment complex is set to begin next week.
As described by developer Donald MacLaren Sr., Wamesit Lanes will include 36 bowling lanes, a restaurant with an outside patio dining including fire pits and bocce courts, an arcade and state of the art golf simulators.
On Wednesday, state and local officials gathered in the parking lot of the Motel Caswell, 450 Main St., for a press conference officially marking the start of the Wamesit Lanes project.
“Wamesit Lanes will be a great addition to the community of Tewksbury,” said state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover. “It will provide both an economic and social boost for the Town, creating jobs and a wonderful venue for families to enjoy time together.”
“I think this is a great step forward for the town of Tewksbury,” said state Rep. Jim Miceli, D— Wilmington. “The new venue, Wamesit Lanes, will provide fun and attraction to the residents, and jobs and revenue to the community. I am extremely proud to take part in this, and will continue working tirelessly on behalf of the community, town, and development team.”
MacLaren and his son, Donald MacLaren Jr., purchased the motel and the 4.3 acre parcel of land from Russ Caswell for $2.1 million. According to the elder MacLaren, Wamesit Lanes is more than just a business project.
"As lifelong and long term residents of Tewksbury, our team is very proud to give back to Tewksbury and its surrounding communities, a commitment to a state of the art family entertainment center that all people, from preschool to seniors, can enjoy,” said MacLaren.
Tewksbury officials lauded the project as a positive asset to the community as a whole and valuable addition to the Route 38 Corridor.
“The board of selectmen welcomes this exciting new project and looks forward to adding a new entertainment venue to our community,” said Todd Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “The location of Wamesit Lanes is near one of the major gateways to our community, so the improvement to the property itself along with the ancillary road and sidewalk improvements will be a catalyst to improving the northern end of Route 38. Improving all aspects of Route 38 is the board's highest priority, and we were glad to partner with the owners and our state delegation to see this project evolve from concept to reality.”
“I am excited to have this business opening in Tewksbury,” added Selectmen Scott Wilson. “It will bring jobs, entertainment and a much needed facelift along Main Street.”
According to the MacLarens, will create approximately 100 new jobs, including approximately 40 full-time. The facility is expected to be open for business by next summer.
"I am excited for the MacLaren family and our town as this complex will be a great addition to our growing Main Street business community," said Selectman Bruce Panilaitis.