The city also wants proposals that will increase public access to the shoreline of the upper Shoe Pond. There is already a public walkway around most of the pond, but the city would like to see a new owner connect the existing walkway along the pond to McKay Street.
In its request for bids, the city said McKay School “holds a special place in Beverly’s history.” A bronze plaque near the building next to the upper Shoe Pond commemorates the landing site of Beverly’s first English settlers in 1628.
The city had looked into the possibility of turning McKay School into a new police station, but officials said it would cost almost as much as building a new one.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or email@example.com.