Assabet students building expansion for Southborough senior center

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Assabet students building expansion for Southborough senior center
Assabet Valley carpentry instructor Wayne Coulson instructs students in building the framework for the Southborough Senior Center’s expansion on Sept. 19. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

SOUTHBOROUGH – With the help of students from Assabet Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, the Southborough senior center will soon have more space.

Assabet students are working on an expansion of the center; according to carpentry instructor Wayne Coulson, “five trades in total” will perform work on the site.

“It’s an excellent job for the students,” said Coulson. “It’s a full, rounded project, [with] more variety for the students.”

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In addition to carpentry, Assabet students will work on the electrical, plumbing, painting and HVAC.

Coulson said the project was supposed to begin three years ago, but it got sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been in the works for three years,” he said. “It’s great to be finally on the site and working.”

The project is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Senior Center Director Pam LeFrancois said the added space will be used for a “variety of things.”

“It will be a flexible room,” she said. The main function will be a “living room” for those wishing to read a book, watch TV or meet friends. Part of the room could be used as an extension of the kitchen; another part could serve as storage for puzzles or books.

“It’s a great intergenerational program,” she said. “It’s really neat.”

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