September 27, 2021 By Carol Britton Meyer
As part of the financing package to build a long-awaited new year-round town pool facility at South Shore Country Club, the Management Committee recently submitted a $1 million Community Preservation Act preliminary application for the latest round of funding.
The projected cost of the facility is roughly $7 million.
"We expect to submit the final application to the Community Preservation Committee by the required October 12 date, complete with cost estimates currently being compiled by our architecture firm RMD Collaborative," Management Committee Chair Christine Smith told the Hingham Anchor.
The goal is to present the project at the April 2022 Town Meeting for approval.
“The town will be asked to approve funding for anything that doesn’t get paid using CPA funds or other resources, including potential grants and donations,” Smith said.
If the Town Meeting vote is positive, construction could begin shortly thereafter, resulting in the potential opening of the new pool in Summer 2023.
Originally built in the 1950s and upgraded in the 1980s, the pool was closed indefinitely in the fall of 2019 due to structural issues.
Town Meeting earlier approved $500,000 to fund design and construction documents for a new pool. "This funding is currently being expended on schematic design, cost estimates, and construction documents to build a six-lane, handicapped-accessible pool, splash pad, wading pool, and bathhouse," Smith said.
As part of the country club's master plan, the pool facility -- if approved -- would be built at the east end of the property where the tennis courts are currently located, separating traffic flow from the golf operations.
"The existing pool and maintenance facility would be demolished and hopefully replaced with a putting green," Smith said.
Construction of a new maintenance facility is underway to support golf operations. "Pomroy & Associates, along with RMD Collaborative, have been working with the Town on both of these exciting projects," Smith said.
More information will be available at a later date.