Gus Canty Being Reconsidered for New Falmouth Senior Center

KA_FalmouthGus canty community center 5_111215FALMOUTH – The Gus Canty Community Center in Falmouth was removed from the list of possible locations for a new senior center last fall, but selectmen recently resurrected the idea.

The community center had been removed from consideration last fall due to space limitations and main street traffic issues.

Selectmen are now seeking input from the public after receiving questions and letters asking why it was not being considered.

“I’d like to get as much feedback as we can from the public either pro or against because I’d rather get that feedback now [before] we move four months down the road and people say ‘Why didn’t you think of that?’” said Selectman Doug Jones.

Selectman Sam Patterson said there are positive aspects of having the senior center located at the community center.

“It is the demographic center of the town. It’s on public transportation. It is within walking distance of a number of people who are likely to use that facility,” Patterson said. “That has a lot of merit in my mind to reconsidering that site.”

There were also discussions on building a separate senior center at that location that could be connected to the existing community center.

“I do think there is some common use that could happen by having the building connected,” Jones said. “I think there are times when there are no kids in that building and the seniors might be able to take advantage of things that are in that building.”

Jones added that there could be some things that are put in the new senior center that could be utilized by youth.

Traffic issues continue to work against the location, especially during the summer months.

“One of major constraints remain the months of July and August where the community center is used quite heavily. Almost as heavily as any other space in town,” said Jones. “That’s a very busy intersection with Scranton Avenue. When the Commodores are playing you want to avoid that.”

Patterson said if the site was used Dillingham Avenue should be used to help solve the traffic issues with the busy intersection.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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