The Wellesley Sportsplex slated to be built at 900 Worcester St. as soon as winter of 2018-2019, has been weaving its way through the town regulations process, and on Tuesday will be the subject of a big Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at Town Hall at 7:30pm. Parking, sewage and other issues still need to be addressed as the project moves along.
Developer Wellesley Sports Center has already received approval for a permit as a project of significant impact by the town’s Planning Board, and is also working its way through the Design Review Board regarding signage, etc. The outfit hopes to start construction by October and maybe have the facility open in time for Wellesley High School’s 2018-2019 hockey season.
The nearly 102,000 sq. ft. facility would include 2 National Hockey League-sized ice rinks, competition and training swimming pools, a field house, and a parking lot designed to accommodate more than 350 vehicles.
The town earlier this year approved a lease of the property to Wellesley Sports Center.
900 Worcester St. is the former site of St. James the Great Catholic Church, which was officially shuttered by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004. The Town of Wellesley paid $3.8M for the 7.85 acre property in 2012 with the idea of using it for recreational purposes.