Bidding opened for sale of Wareham's historic old Town Hall

May 15, 2018
Photo by: Bill Whelan The former Town Hall, now home to Wareham Community Television, is up for sale.

The old Town Hall at 505 Main St., now home to Wareham Community Television, is up for sale.

Town officials are accepting offers for the historic property with the hope that the television station will be the highest bidder. Bids must be submitted no later than 1 p.m. on June 25 in the town administrator’s office.

Voters at last year’s April Town Meeting authorized the sale with the understanding that Wareham Community Television will likely purchase the historic property. The town currently has a 10-year lease with Wareham Community Television, which would remain in place should someone else place the highest bid.

“Whoever would purchase it could not convey it to anyone else, it could only be returned to the town,” Town Administrator Derek Sullivan said after the authorization was approved.

Funds from the sale will be put in the town’s sale of real estate account.

Steve Ruiz, Wareham Community Television's director, previously said he hopes his group will be the highest bidder on the property. He hopes to put a 1,800 square-foot addition on the building. No taxpayer money will be used to build the addition, as all the funds will come from Wareham Community Television.

The station has used the building since 2009. In that time, the building has been gutted and rebuilt.

“A lot of people have a concern that they would be losing a historic building,” Ruiz said. “But the town will never lose the property. If it gives it to us, it never gets lost.”

The property is in the historic district, so Ruiz said he doesn’t anticipate many other bidders trying to obtain the property because of restrictions on the building. He said plans for construction will maintain the integrity of the building and the New England style of architecture.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 15, 2018 09:29

Is this an indication that there may be more town buildings up for sale?  I can think of a few under/unutilized buildings that may be better off with new owners that will use them and make them nice.  Kenny Rogers says something about knowing when to fold em...when to walk away.   I used to feel that way about Tremont Nail, but i am on board with the newest plan, although I'm starting to turn blue holding my breath waiting.  The next to go should be that one on Gibbs Ave next to the Church.  Everett Building is it called?  It may have history but it's also a decaying eyesore.  If we can't treat it the way it needs to be treated, we should sell it to someone that will.

Posted by: bruce gannon | May 15, 2018 13:30

Dear WBTS ... it's more or less a formality that this building is up for bids. WCTV has been a long term lessee which now wants to make extensive improvements. The improvements and expansion will allow for greater production and increased value to the town that WCTV represents. I'd not worry about it being a harbinger of things to come.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 15, 2018 15:27

Thanks Bruce!

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