ADAMS -- The town is due to begin accepting proposals on the Community Center just as soon as officials have an appraisal of its value in hand.
Selectmen discussed a request for proposals (RFP) draft being prepared by the town Community Development office at a workshop meeting Wednesday.
Appraisal now underway, Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said he hopes to release the RFP to the public by May.
"It'd be good if people that [submit proposals] had already put the time and effort into evaluating what an appropriate reuse would be," Butler said.
He and Selectmen Arthur "Skip" Harrington agreed it would be nice to hear concepts and dreams any proposer might have, but practical plans laid out in an ordered, realistic way will be favored.
Selectmen also said proposals that provide a clear timeline of reuse and rehabilitation will "score more points."
A selection committee consisting of Butler, Director of Community Development Donna Cesan, a Selectmen and potentially others are to be assembled to analyze proposals.
Cesan, drafter of the RFP, also attended Wednesday's meeting.
She said a goal in drafting the RFP is "finding a balance" where respondents are asked for just the right amount of information regarding their proposals.
"They should give the [Select] Board and the selection committee some indication of how they're going to use the property," she said.
Harrington was curious about laws relating to the process.
"Are we obligated by any laws to take the highest price?" he asked.
"No," Butler replied. "That's why we're doing the RFP process. ... It gives you the ability to evaluate upon criteria and basically cost is secondary."
According to Butler, interest has already been expressed.
"I know for sure at least two of our local real estate agents are interested in the RFP, if not all," Butler said.
Former home of the Council on Aging, the Adams Youth Center is the only remaining user of the building. It's condition is rough, and capital investment would be required.
But Butler thought a demolition more likely, as it would be "tough" to bring the building up to today's code.
Furthermore, the building sits on over five acres of land possessing great potential, officials believe.
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