At Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Manager Julie Jacobson announced that Requests for Proposals have been issued for the former Mary D. Stone and Julia Bancroft school buildings. The detailed RFP’s can be obtained online or at the Town Manager’s office. In either case, registration is required so that updates and other notifications can be properly made.

Bids are due on April 19, 2017 at noon, and a walk through will be held for interested parties after a briefing in the Selectmen’s meeting room at 9:00AM on March 16th.

Jacobson told Auburn Mass Daily, “We hope to solicit qualified bids to redevelop these beautiful old schools in a manner that is consistent with the neighborhood.” The Reuse committee that evaluated the buildings has expressed a preference for senior housing, but proposals that address the town’s housing needs or another creative use will be considered. No matter the final use, the playgrounds and fields at each location will be preserved for town use.

Whether the use is apartments, condominiums or a cultural use, any will have a lower traffic impact on the neighborhoods than the schools had. The town will entertain a purchase or long-term lease for each location. Two public meetings will be held before any final decision is made.

On another housing issue, the Town is establishing a Housing Sub-Committee to work with the town administration and their consultant as part of the Master Plan process. The life of this group is approximately 6 months, and interested residents can apply through The Auburn Guide. Five volunteers would make a workable group.