Tennis center set for Town Hill

BAR HARBOR — Fundraising to construct a $3.8-million indoor tennis center on Route 102 in Town Hill is underway after the planning board approved the project July 2.

Project backer Dan Granholm, a seasonal tennis pro and former Mount Desert Island High School music teacher, said Monday that he hopes to raise enough money this summer and fall to make the 53,600-square-foot North Shore Tennis Center a reality.

“The biggest motivation is that I want to be able to provide a service and a fun place to be for our community that lacks activity in the winter,” Granholm said. “I really want it to be healthy living for all ages.”

North Shore is to sit back from the road on a 15-acre lot across from the Town Hill Market that until recently housed Aquarius Artifacts, an antiques and collectibles business. Up to seven employees would work at the facility, which would be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, according to planning documents.

Granholm is working on the project with his wife Whitney and father-in-law John Williams. The trio have an aggressive fundraising strategy that they are moving into full swing now that approval is in hand, he said.

“We are working hard daily,” he said. “We are moving, moving, moving.”

The tennis center is to contain four tennis courts, an indoor track, lounge, exercise rooms, a pro shop and multi-use spaces.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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