Town of Orleans Considering Bank and Motel Parcels

ORLEANS – Orleans Selectmen are continuing their possible pursuit of a bank operations center for housing and beach-side a motor lodge.

Selectmen Chair Alan McClennen said at last week’s meeting that after an executive session, the board agreed to send a letter to Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank to formalize talks about a deal.

They are also planning to submit an article for town meeting to fund a lease for the Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge from the Cape Cod National Seashore.

A study was funded by the town last summer to see if the bank operations center could be redeveloped for housing.

It was found that it was suitable for housing and since then, the board has meet in executive session many times to discuss the center.

The 23,000 square foot building is valued at $4.9 million and will be available once the company moves their administrative buildings to the new Hyannis facility.

“We agreed to send a letter to the Cape Cod 5, seeing if we can come to some agreement to have more formal discussions and we’ll see what happens with that,” said McClennan.

The operator of the Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge announced last year that they would not seek another 10 year lease.

The National Park Service, which owns the property, has put out a request for proposals.

“The Town of Orleans will be submitting a warrant article this spring at the annual town meeting for funding and other matters relating to that,” said McClennan.

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