The city won’t be razing the aging but historic clubhouse at its municipal golf course after all — at least not for now.
Commissioners had been asked Monday at their regular meeting to set aside a total of $550,000, including $250,000 to demolish the existing clubhouse and $300,000 to install a modular one, which the city has said the could last at least 12 to 14 years.
In mid-July, commissioners heard a new permanent clubhouse could cost up to $4.5 million and take three to four years to build, and that it could cost $542,000 just to get the current clubhouse up to code.
The city said the current building, constructed around 1947, leaks and has problems with lead, termite and asbestos.
“I’ve just gotten so many reports from our fire marshal and contractors that there are significant concerns,” Mayor Jeri Muoio told colleagues Monday.
South end residents — the course is south of Forest Hill Boulevard and east of Interstate 95 — have urged the city to not to close the clubhouse because it is used for community events and the Bradley’s Hole-in-One restaurant there is a popular gathering place.
Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell opposed the temporary fix and asked if the city would take another look at the cost of repairing the old clubhouse.
“There has been overwhelming sentiment,” Mitchell said, that the plan “could have, and I believe will have, detrimental effects on the viability of the golf course.”
Commissioner Shanon Materio said finding a way to renovate the old clubhouse to last another 20 years “is dollars much better spent than the temporary” building.
So the panel voted 5-0 — Sylvia Moffett was absent — to put out a request for bids for a fix-up and see if it was feasible.
The modular building would be one-third the size of the current clubhouse’s 10,000 square feet.
It would house a pro shop and a registration desk, three offices, restrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a vending machine area, a meeting and dining area for 30 to 40 people and possibly a wet bar.
It wouldn’t have a commercial kitchen, but a “summer kitchen” for grilling could be set up on the patio to accommodate Bradley’s, which pays the city $1,400 a month in rent.
Engineering Director Danielle Slaterpryce told commissioners Monday that volunteers considered three locations for the modular building, one near the current building and two out in the current parking lot, and preferred the one nearest the building.