The town was told that it would have to undergo this study that would consider all possible uses and list needs that would have to be addressed. This could mean fire and safety doors as well as other upgrades.
Selectwoman Carol Francesconi, who also serves on the committee, said the group considered housing, satellite classrooms, commercial kitchen use, day care and even a small café in the facility. She said the town released a request for expressed interest and only received a response from a day care and a dance studio.
Currently, the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District's central office is the only lease in the building and Francesconi said both Head Start and Dancecapade could join them in the building with room to spare.
The former St. Joseph Central School is on the market.
Colebrook Realty Services have listed the Maplewood Avenue property for sale or for lease. Diocese of Springfield spokesman Mark DuPont said the Roman Catholic Diocese is willing to listen to all types of offer for the entire property, pieces, or a lease agreement.
The town formed a reuse committee after the regional School Committee voted last year to close the elementary school. The reuse committee does not intend to recommend selling the 62,000 square-foot building.
The Zoning Board of Appeals last week issued three special permits sought by Williamstown resident Ben Greenfield to renovate the school, which was opened in 1931 and closed in 1982. That year, the ZBA approved the former school building's use by a music publishing company.
Two different educational organizations have reached out to the Selectmen about leasing Cheshire Elementary School.
Selectman Robert Ciskowski said he was against leasing the building at this time because he felt there were too many unknowns. He said he feared it would end up costing the town money.