Thursday, March 29, 2018

New Longmeadow Senior Center

The Longmeadow Annual Town Meeting is scheduled to take place on May 8 at 7 PM in the Longmeadow High School Gymnasium.

One of the key article on the warrant is the approval of $14 million for the construction of a new Senior Center at Greenwood Park.  Below is Article #14 for this proposal.

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $14,000,000.00, or a greater or lesser sum, for the purposes of constructing and furnishing a new Council on Aging Facility and that, to meet said appropriation, the Treasurer is authorized to borrow said sum of money and provided further that any appropriation hereunder shall be subject to and contingent upon an affirmative vote of the Town to exempt the amounts required for the payment of interest and principal on said borrowing from the limitations on taxes imposed by M.G.L. Chapter 59, Section 21C (Proposition 2 1⁄2).

The article would appropriate $14,000,000.00 for the construction and furnishing of a new Council on Aging Facility. This approval is contingent on a subsequent affirmative vote of a Debt exclusion vote by the voters of the Town of Longmeadow.
Two-thirds vote required.

A new Senior Center has been a long time coming.  The current Greenwood Park Center initiated operations as a Senior Center in 1982- 35 years ago when the Greenwood Park Elementary School was closed.

Here are some of the schematics and renderings for this new facility at Greenwood Park as proposed by Catlin-Petrovick ArchitectsClick here to view complete package of information.



Taxed Out said...

And how are we to pay for this? Higher taxes?

Leadership & Strategy Dialog said...

I am a so-called "senior" who questions the need and cost of this center. How in the world can we justify this expense for the limited number of people who will use it?

Sorry, no go from me.

Rich Belloff

rozcurran said...

What will happen to the old senior center structure?

Jim Moran, LongmeadowBiz said...

I understand the Town Manager is developing a list of alternative uses for the vacant space that will become available when this new Senior Center is built. It will likely include use for additional office space for Town Departments/ Employees.