Sandwich Officials Want Input on Wing School

KA_Sandwich_Henry T Wing School02_111715SANDWICH – The Town of Sandwich wants the input of its residents on what to do with the Henry T. Wing School building.

Selectmen have drawn up a survey asking a number of questions about the old school and also have options that residents can consider.

They include: the demolition of the entire building and creating a green space at a cost of $4.4 million, the demolition of all but the historic section of the school and replanting the surrounding grounds at a cost of $3.8 million, or the demolition of all but the auditorium of the 1927 building and adding restrooms and greenery at a cost of $6.2 million.

Residents can also provide their input on whether the town should sell the building and if so, what would the best use be.

“I think before the end of the year we’ll have this on the agenda finally say ‘okay, here’s everything, here are the options available, somebody make a motion about something and let’s decide once and for all,” said Selectman Frank Pannorfi.

The survey is posted on the town’s website.

The town held a hearing in June to solicit input from residents and the consensus among the 50 that attended was that they wanted the building torn down to make way for a new park.

The results of the hearing were discussed in August but there was no agreement made to have the question appear on the next Town Meeting warrant.

Pannorfi said that despite the survey, he’s not optimistic that one of the options will pass at Town Meeting.

“It’s a lot of money, I think we’ll have a battle, no matter which option we decide on,” said Pannorfi.

The school is currently being used by the school district for administrative offices, but closed last June.


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