The Seekonk, Mass., property is being redeveloped to include a “continuing-care residency campus” that will include assisted-living and independent-care facilities with as many as 460 beds. The 18-hole golf course will be “restructured” around the new facilities, with the club’s former gym, restaurant and pool also “used in some way.”
Golfers won’t be hitting the links at the Firefly Golf Course in Seekonk, Mass. this season, station WPRI Fox 12 of East Providence, R.I. reported, because the property has been closed temporarily to make room for big changes.
Eric Brainsky, attorney for Firefly’s owner, told WPRI that a decision was made to close for the season because of safety concerns around major construction that will be started for the development of a new assisted-living facility, around which the golf course will be restructured.
“Right now, we’re beginning construction on utility installation for the future project,” Brainsky said. “There is going to be a lot of equipment in and out of here—front-loaders and excavators, things of that nature. Safety is paramount.
“The project has been previously approved at town meeting, as far as the overall concept, which is called a CCRC, a continuing-care residency campus, which will be assisted-living and independent-care facilities,” Brainsky added.
The exact amount of rooms for the facilities has not yet been determined, WPRI reported, but Brainsky estimated there will be 300 beds for assisted living and roughly 160 for the independent care.
“The site is going to generate significant tax revenue, as opposed to the golf course which is primarily recreational land,” he added.
Construction of the proposed buildings is still a few years away, but Brainsky said the 18-hole golf course will be re-structured around the facility. The former gym, restaurant and pool on the property will also be used in some way, WPRI reported.
The hope, Brainsky said, is to have the sewer construction done within 60 days, so the project could then go to the planning board later this year for site plan review. If approved, construction could start in late 2019 or 2020, WPRI reported.
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