At least some of the land the town bought more than a decade ago to service seniors could somewhat serve its intended purpose soon.
The town had bought around 19 acres of land bordered by Prospect Street and North Main Street in 2007 with the intent to build a new senior center and senior housing units. Berkshire Housing Development headed efforts to craft plans for the senior housing aspect but the recession hit and the federal funds eyed for construction dried up. The property has sat for m
The senior center has made it a bit easier for people to be healthy and fit even later in life.
Through a grant from AARP, a half dozen pieces of outdoor workout equipment have been installed on the property. The hope is to make it easier for the seniors to get moderate workouts alongside their peers to stay healthier.
Eight of the regulars at the Senior Center attended last Wednesday's meeting to express their concerns over leasing the space, cleanup responsibilities, grant funding for its operation and the lack of a director.
The city is using Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal 2017 to do the first phase of improvements at the senior center and the last phase, No. 12 to be exact, on the Armory on Ashland Street.
Twenty-five years ago, the ribbon was cut opening the Ralph Froio Senior Center in the former Capitol Theater.
The center had gone through extensive renovations after the historic theater had closed about a decade earlier.