FALMOUTH – Efforts to find a new senior center for the Town of Falmouth have been underway for years but this year with a new committee working on the issue, there has been progress.
James A. Vieira, Falmouth Council on Aging Chairman and Senior Center Site Feasibility Committee Chairman, said that his committee has narrowed the possible sites for a new senior center down from more than 40 sites and locations and buildings down to a final list of four.
The four sites are vacant land at Falmouth High School; a nine-acre town-owned parcel on Brick Kiln Road behind the former Police Athletic League (PAL) building, which is the former Knights of Columbus building; and the Falmouth Dog Park; the School Administration Building and land in Teaticket and the Gus Canty Community Center.
Using the Gus Canty Community Center property could be either a free-standing building or using part of the existing recreation building. Vieira said his committee had eliminated the Rec site feeling that it was overburdened already with the Guv Fuller Field and Falmouth Police Station as well as the volume of traffic in the area, but selectmen chose to include the option in the final list of sites, he said.
Vieira, who presented the four sites to Falmouth Town Meeting last week, said the four sites each have attractive features.
The next step is to hire a consultant–most likely an architect who is an expert in municipal building projects–to do an in-depth evaluation of the four sites and to make a recommendation to help the Falmouth Board of Selectmen to make the best choice out of the four sites.