Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello Provides Update On New Senior Center Project (February 2022)

Below is an update from Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, published in the Senior Center’s latest Buzzell Buzz newsletter:

WILMINGTON, MA — We have reached a significant milestone in the project. At the January 10 Board of Selectmen Meeting, the Selectmen voted 4-1 to endorse the recommendation of the Senior Center Building Committee to construct the new Senior Center at the St. Dorothy’s site. This 7.86-acre parcel of land, located at 130 Main Street, was purchased by the town in November 2013.

At the same meeting, the Selectmen voted 4-1 to endorse the recommendation of the Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee to construct a new Town Hall/School Building at 140 Middlesex Avenue (former site of the Swain School).

At the January 12 meeting of the Senior Center Building Committee, public outreach was a main topic of discussion. Public outreach efforts include 5 Project Newsletters that are now on the town website. There will also be a flyer inserted in all the water bills that will be going out on February 1. The flyer includes a brief of the history of the Buzzell Senior Center building, as well as a brief history of the current Town Hall and the Roman House. It also provides a brief overview of the next steps in the project along with a site plan for each of the parcels of land. There is a link to the town’s website where you will find a specific tab for our project.

As the project proceeds, look for additional public outreach including additional mailings, public forums, articles in the Town Crier and the Wilmington Apple, and programming on WCTV.

We will soon see activity on the St. Dorothy’s site as surveyors begin determining the physical features of the site.

The architect is preparing options for the placement of the building and parking areas on the site. A site surveying crew will be on the site during this phase. This will be followed by schematic floor plans and drawings (referred to as elevations) to show the architectural exterior features of the proposed building.

The project schedule calls for a 2022 Fall Special Town Meeting to appropriate funds for final design plans and construction. Funding could come from a bond issue and Free Cash.

The Senior Center Building Committee plans to meet once or twice a month as needed. Meetings will be on Wednesdays. It met on January 26; too late for inclusion in this Newsletter. The next scheduled meeting is February 9. We will post the meeting dates as they are finalized on our website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We are entering an exciting phase of the project and we want you to be informed and involved. This will be your Senior Center. Let’s make it what you want.

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