By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – City councilors unanimously agreed that the city needs a new Senior Center and at its Oct. 17 meeting, moved to consider the West Meeting House on Pleasant Street as a possible location. The council approved a proposal by Councilor-at-Large and Chair Arthur Vigeant to request that the mayor investigate the feasibility of leasing with an option to purchase the building as a possible new site.
Vigeant, who is running to replace Mayor Nancy Stevens when she steps down in November, said Stevens has had several city department heads look over the West Meeting House. It was now time, he said, to hire a structural engineer and building inspector to evaluate the condition of the building and assess the costs for improvements as needed. The purchase price is about $950,000 for 12,000 square feet, according to Vigeant.
“If all goes well we could have it open within a year,” he said.
Several city councilors commended Vigeant for taking the initiative in coming forward with a plan.
“It could be a great location but if not, let's keep the momentum moving,” Ward 1 Councilor Joseph Delano said.
“I think it would be a good idea to investigate the whole area – for possible expansion also,” Ward 7 Councilor Donald Landers said, as he stated his approval for the site.
Ward 6 Councilor Edward Clancy noted that a meeting will be held at the current Senior Center, 250 Main St., Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. At that time, seniors and other interested residents will be able to offer their input.
Jennifer Claro is the Council on Aging director.
“We would like to give our thoughts and ideas on what would be desirable for a new Senior Center for our community,” she told the council.
She also expressed gratitude to city officials for their support and interest.