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Funds for new Marlborough Senior Center design approved

By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter

Marlborough – The City Council unanimously approved at its Dec. 3 meeting $500,000 to fund costs associated with design and engineering plans for a new Senior Center to be built in a section of Ward Park, off Granger Boulevard.

Ward 3 City Councilor Matt Elder, who  had previously requested a neighborhood meeting in the area to allow his constituents to express any concerns prior to moving forward with the project, said he would not hold up approval of the funding. He added that he is planning to still hold the meeting next week with Mayor Arthur Vigeant in attendance.

“Even though the mayor bypassed me in choosing the site, I will approve the funding.  I have been talking with constituents and addressing some concerns,” said Elder. “I don’t know of any big issues but I would like to have the meeting to allow any questions to be asked.”

Ward 1 City Councilor Joseph Delano said, “We want to make sure any important concerns are addressed, that things are done right and voices are heard.”

Council on Aging (COA) Director Jennifer Claro, James Confrey, the chair of the  COA Board of Directors, members of the Friends of the Seniors, and more than 35 other residents attended the meeting to listen to the discussion of the new center. Following the meeting, Claro and Confrey said they were pleased that councilors approved the funding and that plans were progressing.

The council approved the new location at its Nov. 26 meeting.

 

 

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1 Comment for “Funds for new Marlborough Senior Center design approved”

  1. >I have been talking with constituents …I don’t know of any big issues.<

    There have been many issues raised with Councilor Elder, it is disappointing to hear he doesn't consider them “big”. For example:

    Building on public playground land takes away valuable open space from families and children. In fact this land has been in use as a public playground for over 90 years. This space would not only be taken away from today's residents, but from all future generations of Marlborough's youth.

    Building in a small and residential area will lower the quality of life for many with traffic, parking, overcrowding, and noise, during construction and for as long as the building stands. Why should residents of that neighborhood be asked to make such a large sacrifice?

    Decreasing property values for many. It is not fair to ask residents to give up thousands of their hard earned dollars.

    These are very big issues and should be considered as such. There is a public meeting on Wed Dec. 19th at 7:00PM in Memorial Hall (3rd Floor City Hall). I encourage anyone with a “big” concern attend and show the Mayor and Councilor Elder this is not a suitable location for a 13,000 sq foot two story building. This is park land and all of it should remain in the public domain for use by present and future residents of Marlborough.

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