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Former Grand Prix Site May House Laser Tag, Mini-Golf

Resident purchased the property in September and will submit plans to Planning Board later this month.

Question: What's going on with the old Grand Prix property?

Answer: Potentially, something very exciting.

Later this month, Tewksbury resident Gary Brown will submit plans to the Planning Board to construct a family recreation/entertainment complex on the property.

If the board approves his plans and the proper permits are obtained, Brown said the facility would include an indoor Laser Tag facility, as well as a miniature golf course outside.

"It could be the only 'themed' indoor Laser Tag arena in Greater Boston," said Brown, adding that his vision for the mini-golf course is beyond what one might find at an amusement park.

"It will be really nice with tropical landscaping and running stream."

It's been nearly two decades since go-carts whirred around the Grand Prix course, which is located at 2087 Main St. The property was in bank ownership when Brown purchased it back in September. He said that with two children in the school system, he wanted to be able to create something for local families and teens.

Brown will present his plans to the Planning Board on Feb. 16 and is scheduled to appear before the board on March 12. According to Brown, his plans call for renovating the present 5,000 square foot building on the side, while constructing a 4,000 square foot addition.

In addition to the Laser Tag and mini-golf, he is also hoping to include a food area, featuring pizza and ice cream.

Because of the properties proximity to wetlands and the river, Brown also needs approval from the Conservation Commission, whom he has appeared before once already.

Toby Sedgwick February 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM
This would be great for Tewksbury! Jobs for teens and something for families to do for fun would be such a bonus. Best of luck making it a reality.
Michele Dickeson February 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I agree it's a good idea, however I hope they fix the bridge on Brown St. so that some of the traffic on Rt. 38 can be alleviated, especially when sports begin in the spring and Rt. 38 is a roadblock of traffic coming and going to the sports fields. Brown St./Whipple Road provides an alternative way to get to the other side of town - a much needed alternative way, I might add.
Lisa February 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Exciting! I hope it goes smoothly from here for him, it will be a wonderful addition for the town. Sounds like a great place for families/kids.
BM February 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Finally !!!! Something good in town that actually benefits the kids !!!!
Jade February 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Progress in the making! It sounds real good. Hope all goes through smoothly for Mr. Brown.
satisfied customer February 10, 2012 at 02:04 PM
That is great!!! Finally
Chris February 10, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Sounds great!
Trish Bourne February 10, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Nice familly doing something nice for families! Goodluck Gary!
Linda February 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Excellent! We were hoping when we saw work going on that it was going to be something that would benefit kids and families. It has been something missing for a long time. Thank you!
Joe Bill February 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM
This is good to hear. I hope that process goes smoothly and the Town doesn't present any barriers to the project.
Joe Bill February 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Batting cages would also be a wonderful additon to the proposed complex.
Stacie February 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
This is awesome, I have so many ideas for Mr. Brown.
Dan February 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Good to hear, but what about the Old mini golf across from McDonalds??? Maybe Mr brown could get some of the old animals and such for his place and clean out that area, 2 birds with one stone???
LaShanta Magnusson February 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Awesome! We need something for the kids and famlies in the town!
Friend of Ferncroft February 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Let's all hope this flies through the permitting process without someone's adjenda getting in the way!!
Shiela Breen February 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Excellent! Good luck! Can't wait to see the finished product.
Mary February 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Great to hear this, I hope all goes smoothly for him. It will be so great to be able to bring our kids to a family place right here in our hometown.
TONY D February 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Fly thru permitting in Tewksbury. What a novel idea. Won't happen. If it is good for the Town's citizens the various and sundry boards that have to give Mr Brown their "approval" will find something to either hold up the project or make him abandon it altogether.
rick keene February 20, 2012 at 02:47 AM
This would be great for Tewksbury and I'm all for it. And it seems most of the residents here would also be. Could anybody please give me any information to help push this forward.
Karyn March 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
From this week's Town Crier: http://homenewshere.com/tewksbury_town_ ... 3ce6c.html Family fun complex proposed for South Tewksbury Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 5:15 pm By Sandra Campo | 0 comments TEWKSBURY - South Tewksbury will be the home of new family fun entertainment complex, pending the approval from the boards of Planning and Conservation. Local Tewksbury resident Gary Brown is in the process of dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s in hopeful anticipation of starting the development of his new business called MVP, short for Merrimack Valley Pavilion. Brown’s plan, if it gets the go-ahead, is to provide the community with fun, affordable family entertainment. His vision for the facility includes laser tag, outdoor mini-golf, a sports themed indoor arcade with pizza and a make your own ice cream Sunday bar. Brown has three children in the Tewksbury school system and recognized the need for this type of facility in the area. When he became aware of the piece of bank owned property at 2087 Main Street for sale he decided to seize the opportunity to make the purchase. Although there will be a significant amount of construction involved in order to bring his plan to fruition, he looks forward to adding local jobs and employing some of Tewksbury’s youth as well as provide them with a safe, fun place to go hang out with friends and family.
Karyn March 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
continued- Brown has already begun making improvements to the property by demolishing the house that had fallen into disrepair. The commercial unit on the property has been vacant for a couple of years and the go-cart racetrack that once thrived on the spot has not been in business for about 15 years. Brown’s proposed complex will be about 9,000 square feet, requiring an addition to the current 4,000 square feet building. It will include an outdoor deck overlooking the 18-hole miniature golf course, which will be naturally landscaped with a tropical theme. Indoors, there will be a laser tag arena, and a sports themed café with tv’s, and sports themed arcade games. Brown is aiming to have something for all ages and will be sure to include some health conscious choices in the ice cream buffet, including frozen yogurt in multiple flavors. “I think this would be a win/win situation because it will add some jobs, create some fun family entertainment and help improve the local economy,” states Brown. If his plans are approved by the Planning and Conservation Boards he anticipates starting construction in late spring with the goal of opening for business in late summer or early fall.
Rick M March 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I love that the bridge is out on that stretch of road. My kids can cross brown street with less fear than when it was the expressway from Lowell to Wilmington! I hope that Billerica and wilmington continue to ignore it. It also forces more traffic to the commercial area in south tbury that desperately needs revamping.
Keagan Mahoney August 05, 2012 at 02:17 AM
So I am a teenager in Tewksbury and I would love to work here. It seems like just the things to help out friends and families have fun. But what I'm trying to figure out is how to apply for a job there. Is there anyway yet? I'm just too excited for this.
Kelly Joyce September 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
How do you go about applying for a jobat this facility??
Meg Ro September 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
how do i apply?
Barbara Saunders September 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Merrimack Valley Pavilion has a facebook page and i believe there's an email address on it to apply for a job.
Arlene P. Cavallaro-Morash September 24, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I have a few questions. I have watched the construction of MVP since it began and no one seems to know anything. There is a sign with NO phone number. I wanted to get information regarding one of my grandson's upcoming birthday party. I have called a few of the business owners that are on the property and no one knows anything or so they say. Any suggestions???
TONY D September 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Why don't you call the owner - Gary Brown - 978-640-0144

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