Feds detail plans to demolish main plant for DOD, hotel, conference facilities

By John Ryan
Evening News Staff

Taken from The Southbridge Evening News dated Monday, February 7, 2000:

DOD Project Outline:

With the exception of the Mechanic Street facade, the 1903 clock tower, the facade’s five stair towers and the marble staircase, the building will be demolished, with new facilities built in its place.

• Construction cost: $80 million

• Contract: John Moriarty Associates, Winchester, Mass.

The total project is 315,000 square feet, including:

• a three-story, 150,000 square-foot, 204-room hotel;

• a four-story, 150,000 square-foot conference center and secure DOD office facility;

• a 10,000 square-foot courtyard, with its own dining room and pub;

• a two-story, semi-circular, all glass concourse;

• the conference center, on the first floor, will include a 4,800 square-foot ballroom available for public use, which can be temporarily partitioned into sections, for smaller gatherings.

Also on the first floor:

• a fitness center available to the public, with a full-size swimming pool, along with basketball and racquetball courts.

• The DOD will occupy the upper two floors, with 32,000 square feet of secure office space and 40,000 square feet of secure conference space.

• Length of lease: 20 years.

• Federal government’s annual rent to AO: $9.6 million.

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