Harwich Seeks Tenants for Empty Middle School

HARWICH – The town of Harwich is seeking tenants – for the former Middle School.

“Rooms Available for Rent” has been posted on the sign in front of the school since November and Harwich Community Center Director Carolyn Carey says the building is generating a lot of interest.

“We actually do have a few artists [who] are going to look at renting space, studio space, which is really nice to see,” Carey said. “I think it’s a perfect use for the building right now.”

There are currently three artists seeking one-year contracts to rent space for studios.

Carey says another organization that runs an educational camp is interested in renting space for a few months in the summer.

“We’re trying to open it up for non-profits, clubs, organizations and groups to utilize the building and make it a viable space again,” Carey said.

The school has not been used since the Monomoy Regional School District encompassing Harwich and Chatham formed.

The board of selectmen approved a plan to rent rooms in the building to help cover the costs of maintaining the facility until a long-term use could be determined.

Plans call to rent more than a dozen classrooms but keeping the top floor closed.

The school’s gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium and music room are also available for rent.

Classrooms can be used at a rate of $35 for three hours. The rental rate for the auditorium and cafeteria is $60, along with $100 for the gym.

Rooms can also be rented monthly for $300 and weekly for $140.

Using the gym for a week would cost $400 with a rate of $240 for the cafeteria and auditorium.

“We are open to all ideas,” Carey said. “This is a great opportunity.”

Interested parties would like to be shown rental space can contact Carey at 508-430-7568.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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