Leicester mulls invest in of Becker School Campus

LEICESTER — The campus of the previous Becker College could be acquired by the town if voters concur to shell out virtually $20 million at both equally a town meeting and town election someday in mid-September.

Selectmen Monday night time reported they believe the greatest choice would be for the city to purchase the campus with much more than 25 acres of land and a number of structures.

City Administrator David Genereux called the likely purchase “a leap of faith” that would let the town to produce a campus-design and style significant school officials envision would attract college students from exterior the local community.

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May House on the Becker College campus Tuesday.

That campus would involve a 2-year-outdated athletic discipline with lights and artificial turf that expense the college about $880,000, Freeway Superintendent Dennis Griffin stated, introducing that the campus centre constructing, constructed about a dozen years in the past for about $12 million was also attractive.

A gymnasium is among the 19 buildings and IT devices is also provided in the sale. The homes combined assessed worth is $29,646,800 its insured benefit is more than $50,000,000, Genereux reported.

Becker School, with campuses in Leicester and Worcester, closed at the conclude of the tutorial year just after Christine L. Cassidy, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees announced in late March that monetary challenges would avoid the faculty from continuing to run.

Winslow Hall on the Becker College campus Tuesday.

Because then, Board of Selectmen Chairman Rick Antanavica mentioned, the board has been doing work with other area officials, touring the campus and doing the job to determine  no matter whether the city should really invest in the previous college or university.

On June 22, the selectmen, the school committee and the town’s advisory committees voted to pursue the acquisition of the Becker campus and to fund an settlement that would preserve it off the market place until eventually the board could assemble a financing program and put the subject right before voters.