Hawthorne Country Club to be sold, developed

May 2, 2023

Hawthorne Country Club, which served for decades as the site for weddings, banquets, golf and other functions, may be transformed into housing for seniors.

The site at 970 Tucker Road has been for sale for some time and is under agreement with Toll Brothers for $3 million, realtor Jeff Hathaway of Seaport Realty said.

Toll Brothers has not developed an exact plan for the property, he said, but housing for those 55 and older or 62 and older is a possibility.

The next move belongs to the town, Hathaway said. “We need to make a formal presentation to the town so they can decide what they will or won’t’’ support for the site.

As of now, “it’s a waiting game.’’

The Planning Board has been considering developing some type zoning bylaw for senior and/or 55+ housing and the developer was trying to get a better understanding of what was being worked out, Town Planner Christine O’Grady said.

The bylaw would most likely be considered at the spring 2024 Town Meeting, O’Grady said. Sewer capacity issues would have to be taken into account when developing this bylaw, she said.

Hathaway said he frequently hears of a need for senior housing in Dartmouth. Some older people “want to downsize’’ while staying in Dartmouth but options are limited, he said.

He described Toll Brothers as a “reputable builder of projects of this size. I don’t think we could ask for a better buyer.’’

Toll Brothers was founded in 1967 and has developed housing in 24 states, according to its website.

Their goal, Hathaway said, is to create “a place for seniors to live and enjoy life.’’