But the current occupant, Vanguard Key Clubs, says such talk is very premature. Owner Tim Barnes sent out an email to members (including yours truly) this morning:
Karp has been trying for years to develop the waterfront properties and the club site is something he has been interested in trying to get rezoned for development. I want to assure you that there are no plans to move the club from this location now or in the near future.
With this being said I want each of you to know that we are doing well and have a new tenant who just signed a 3 year lease in the building.
The tenant of whom owner Barnes speaks is Urban Elements, the furniture place on Pleasant Street. I noticed a sign there yesterday, after my workout, that identified the Merrimac Street fronted space as Urban Elements Warehouse. (Fuel, the fitness business, already occupies the third floor.)
So my guess would be nothing is pending on the hotel. But I am biased. I'd hate to lose my gym.
I asked Tim about the terms of the lease.
The lease has a BUYOUT clause with 6 months advanced notice, after a minimum of 3 years which is not until spring 2014, so there will be notice to everybody and no surprises.So don't expect anything to happen this year if ever.