Oxford/Rogers Schools Hoping To Get More Offers With New RFP
Fairhaven's historic Rogers and Oxford schools are still looking for new owners, but changes to proposal requirements could change that.
The Board of Selectmen spent over 2 hours on Wednesday night modifying the Request For Proposals draft, hoping to attract more bids on the properties.
Much of the language Board members chose to strike out or change in the RFP document involved saving or restoring the original buildings.
In the previous RFP, developers were told that proposals that included use of the late-1800s buildings would be considered before those that wanted to knock them down.
Although the new RFP won't emphasis saving the old buildings as much, Board member Charlie Murphy tells WBSM News he still hopes developers will try to keep them.
"I believe that they can still save the buildings and make a nice structure out of that, and so I'm curious to see what the proposals come up with. There's many, many avenues that they can pursue with this whole RFP now, and I think that will definitely be a component of it," Murphy said.
The previous offers on the properties were denied for various reasons, including the bid on the Rogers School totaling only $1.
The Rogers Elementary School was originally built in 1885 and was added on to in 1957. The Oxford Elementary School was built in 1896 and received an addition in 1972.
Both properties are currently valued at about $287,000.