Local authorities are employing a competitive bidding process to identify a new tenant for a rustic, town-owned property at 72 Mill St.
The 1,300-square foot, two-story log cabin style dwelling features three bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths and is located next to the former Camp St. Augustine on Mill Street, now operated by the town as the Cocasset River Recreation Area.
The cabin is within walking distance of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest headquarters and trailheads, located less than a half-mile away on Mill Street.
According to Town Manager William Keegan, the previous tenant vacated the premises in April and town employees are currently cleaning and making minor improvements to the dwelling.
Application deadline is Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m., Keegan said. The minimum acceptable bid is $1,800/month with a lease term of two years followed by two, one-year renewal options subject to Keegan’s sole discretion.
First and last month’s rent, plus a third month for security deposit, will be required within five days of the bid opening.
Complete bid specifications are available at the selectmen’s office at Town Hall, and also can be viewed on the town’s website.
Camp St. Augustine was originally developed in the early 1900s as a seasonal facility by Rev. Frank Fitz, an Episcopal priest who embraced a gospel of community involvement that provided young people with opportunities for physical, educational and spiritual development — and who believed that Mill Street in Foxboro was a perfect location for accomplishing that mission.
In addition to a recently restored chapel, now available for private meetings, small weddings or other gatherings, the recreation area includes a recreation hall and outdoor pool used during the summer months.
The recreation property also includes a historic cemetery where brothers of the Anglican Order of the Society of St. John the Evangelist of Cambridge, and sisters of the Anglican Order of Saint Anne of Arlington are interred.
Nestled atop a wooded rise, the cabin overlooks a sizable clearing which had been used for playing fields when the Anglican Church still owned the property.