Outdoor Amphitheater Proposed Next To Sandwich Town Marina

COURTESY TOWN OF SANDWICH - This conceptual site plan shows the amphitheater design being proposed on the old freezer plant property next to the Sandwich Marina.COURTESY TOWN OF SANDWICH - This map shows the location of the proposed project (circled in yellow) next to the Sandwich Marina.JAMES KINSELLA/ENTERPRISE - Land at 20 Freezer Road has been cleared and graded. An outdoor entertainment complex is planned for the site. The canal plant can be seen to the west of the parcel.

An outdoor entertainment space, complete with a clamshell amphitheater, has been proposed for the former freezer building property next to the Cape Cod Canal.

Town officials began going over the proposal for 20 Freezer Road at a July 9 site plan review meeting. Artist’s conceptions of the project were provided to the Sandwich Economic Initiative Corporation at its meeting Monday.

The conceptions list a target date of summer 2015.

Mark Manning, a longtime Boston restaurateur, is the primary developer on the project, according to project spokesman Paul Cleary.

As currently conceived, the “Cape Cod Clam Shell” amphitheater would be placed on the western side of the 1.19-acre parcel that fronts the Sandwich Marina. A large bank of solar panels would be installed along the western edge.


Restaurants and bars with outdoor patios would be built on the southwestern and southern sides of the parcel on either side of a large entry plaza at the southwest corner.

A large grassy lawn would cover most of the rest of the parcel.

People sitting on the lawn looking at the amphitheater would see NRG Energy’s Canal Electric plant to the left and the Sagamore Bridge to the right.

Mr. Cleary said Mr. Manning is leasing the parcel from property owner, Wind School LLC.

Last October 8, the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals granted Wind School a special permit to build a 8,052-square-foot office and commercial building on the parcel.

Although a small wooden building at the site has been demolished, no construction has started at the parcel.

Mr. Manning apparently has gained control of the site. An e-mail document in the site plan review file from Mr. Cleary, his spokesman, concerned potential preparations for a clambake at the site.

Although construction equipment graded the site, the clambake ended up being held elsewhere.

Mr. Manning and NRG also are partners in a joint partnership that has submitted a proposal for the development of 56 acres of town-owned land in South Sandwich’s “Golden Triangle.”

The partnership has proposed the creation of a destination youth athletic complex that would include a number of athletic fields, a field house, two hotels and commercial space.

The partners envision the “Golden Triangle” tract as the first step in a plan that later would include the construction of an Olympic-sized swimming pool on NRG property next to the canal.

Other partnership members include the Dan Duquette Sports Academy, which is headed by Daniel P. Duquette, former general manager of the Boston Red Sox and now executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles;

Boston Global Investors, headed by John B. Hynes III; and retired hockey star Christopher E. Drury, the son-in-law of Mr. Manning.


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