UNION — While the exact future of the Thompson Community Center in Union remains uncertain, the Select Board will be pursuing how to terminate the current lease.

The Thompson Community Center is owned by the town but operated by a nonprofit.

In February, the Select Board assembled the Committee for the Future of the Thompson Community Center. The committee’s purpose was to investigate options for the building and recommend a path to the board.

The committee and the board met Aug. 31 to review those recommendations. These included the committee’s three best options, as well as the overarching recommendation to terminate the lease.

“The committee generated these three options after the initial determination that we recommended that you terminate the current lease,” said Committee Chair Rebekah Smith. “There were lots of indications that the current status is not working well.”

The first recommendation is for the town to keep the building, undertake the repairs, and rent the building out. The second recommendation is a long-term lease or sale to a housing developer such as Penquis, with reserved community space. The final recommendation is to sell the building to a developer with some requirements and restrictions, such as reserved community space.

Select Board Chair Adam Fuller thanked the committee for their work. “You covered all the bases,” he said of the options they presented.

Fuller did wonder if the committee investigated demolishing the building.

Smith said the costs of a new building were greater than repairing the current building. Board member Josh White asked if the committee discussed replacing the building with a less expensive building.

Smith said the committee did not really discuss demolishing the current building. This was based on community responses to the 2019 survey regarding the Thompson Community Center, which indicated overwhelmingly that community members want the original historic building to remain.

Town Manager Jay Feyler said Union residents may not support these options when presented with their costs.

Fuller also thanked the committee for recommending that the town terminate the lease. Fuller said the way things currently stand with the community center and the town should not continue. Leaders in the town do not know what is happening with the building, and it is not an open community center.

“As a taxpayer, that’s my building,” he said. “I want to see some use come out of it that benefits my community, and I don’t see it.”

In a Sept. 1 interview, Fuller said the select board is going to move forward with terminating the current lease with the nonprofit.

The board will need to consult with the town attorney and the Maine Municipal Association to determine how to legally end the lease.

Other options for the Thompson Community Center will have to be determined as well.

“There will probably be more workshops on the future of the TCC,” Fuller said.