Delay expected in bathhouse completion

This now vacant lot will house the White Horse Beach Bath House.

This now vacant lot will house the White Horse Beach Bath House.

Despite hopes that the White Horse Beach Bathhouse would be ready to be open by July, it now may not open until next year, according to Community Preservation Committee Chairman Bill Keohan.  A number of factors have led to the delay, he said.

A change in the leadership of the Manomet Village Steering Committee led to a delay in selecting an architect for the building, Keohan said. Linda Evans stepped down as chairman in the fall and was replaced by Richard Vaccha. A design by Plymouth architect Bill Fornaciari, who has been assisting the CPC, was chosen in a vote by community members.

Also complicating matters was the discovery of hazardous materials in the house on the site which resulted in a more complicated demolition, Keohan said. Demolition of the building was was just finished.

All of this has delayed bringing plans for the building’s septic system before the Conservation Commission, Keohan said. He hopes they will review it by May. The CPC wants to use a system made by Jet Wastewater Treatment, which will allow the building to be lower , thus requiring less ramping for handicapped accessibility.

If all goes well, Keohan said the permits could be issued by early July and construction could begin later that month.

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