August 11 2015

Swim School's Proposal for Indoor Pool Approved by Planning Board

By: Rich Hosford

The Planning Board has given the go-ahead for a swim school that caters to infants and children to build a pool in town. 


During last week’s meeting the board voted 5-0 to approve a special permit and a site plan for Gold Fish Swim School that allows the business to open an indoor pool at 10 B Street near Terrace Hall Avenue.  

The swim school’s plan is to occupy an existing 10,000 square foot building at the location and to renovate and build a 25-by-75-foot swimming pool that is four-feet deep throughout. There will also be a separate “dry area” for parents and caregivers to watch the swimming lessons. 


Gold Fish Swim School is a franchise that started nine years ago in Michigan and now has 30 facilities in the country. It has recently moved into New England, a region a representative for the company called an “untapped market.” 

The swim school teaches children from the age of infant up to about 10-years old how to swim in a safe and comfortable environment. Unlike pools of yesteryear where children learned to swim while shivering, Steve Miesowicz, a representative of Goldfish Swim School, said they keep their pools heated to 90 degrees and the air at 92 degrees. 


Before approving the special permit the board members raised some concerns about the plans for the exterior portion of the site. 


In the proposal presented by Randy Goldberg of Intrum Corp., who has the property under agreement, and Attorney Tom Murphy, the plan included reducing the green space at the site from 30 percent to just over 23 percent. To make up for this they proposed adding drainage, something that doesn’t currently exist. 


Members of the planning board were concerned about this reduction. They suggested the plans be changed to eliminate a proposed third driveway to the right side of the building. They also said they would like to see a sidewalk in front of the property. 


Murphy and Goldberg argued that adding a sidewalk was too much of an expense. 


In the end Goldberg and the board settled on a compromise. The agreed-upon plan is that the greenspace will be maintained at 30 percent by having the third driveway instead be landscaping, a sidewalk will be built but no drainage system will be required. 

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