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

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

WILMINGTON, MA — Here’s what has been happening since our last update in the September Newsletter:

The Senior Center Building Committee met on August 31. The main item on the Agenda was the discussion of potential alternates to the building materials and the associated impact on the project cost estimate that was presented at the August 17 meeting. This cost review is referred to as value engineering. The Committee reviewed such things as windows, insulation, masonry, flooring, sidewalks and the patio. The total project cost following the review is $17.2 million. This includes final design plans and specifications, engineering, inspection, testing, building construction, utilities, furnishings, contingencies and escalation.

The next meeting of the Senior Center Building Committee is scheduled for October 5.

The other important meeting in October is the Finance Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at the Town Hall (7PM) where the financing of our project and the Town Hall/School Administration Building will be discussed. Part of the discussion will be how much of the town’s Free Cash will be used for these projects. We encourage you to attend this Finance Committee Meeting to show your support. This is an important step in the process leading up to the Special Town Meeting on Saturday, November 19 at 9 AM.

This has been a long process to get our new Senior Center. To refresh everyone’s memory, here are some key aspects of our project:

  • The new Senior Center will be located on Main Street opposite Pine Street on town property next to St. Dorothy’s Church. The parcel of land has 7.8 acres with 275 feet frontage on Main Street.
  • It will be a single story 18,800 gross square foot building. The current building is 8,300 gross square feet.
  • There will be approximately 150 parking spaces. Currently we have 42 spaces.
  • Outdoor amenities include pickleball courts, a bocce court, an outdoor patio and a garden area.
  • Interior space needs and the building layout were designed to best serve our seniors today and for years to come.

There is less than 2 months until we get to vote on this significant project for seniors. It is so important that everyone circle Saturday, November 19 at 9AM on their calendar. We need everyone’s help. To get the design and construction funds approved, we need to get a minimum of 2/3 of voters in attendance at the Special Town Meeting to vote in favor of this project. Do not take for granted that your friends will be there and you’re not needed. You are needed. We have come too far this is “Our Time”.


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