Progress Made in Plans for New Chatham Senior Center

COURTESY OF THE CHATHAM COUNCIL ON AGING

CHATHAM –Plans for a new senior center in Chatham are moving forward as officials have hired an architectural firm.

The company will look at how much space would be needed in a new council on aging building and will come up with some floor plans.

The firm has designed over 30 senior centers, including one in Falmouth.

Chatham Council on Aging Director Mandi Speakman said that having a new center is crucial, as the senior population is expected to increase up until 2030.

“When we’re talking about planning, facility, programming, services, we’re not talking for the next 5 years, I’m really looking at the decades to come,” said Speakman.

She adds that although it has been a slow process, everything is continuing forward as planned.

“The next development will be a completed space needs program that has been created by the architectural consultant and report back in with the board of selectmen to present those findings and to assess what the interest is in supporting,” said Speakman.

Chatham voters may be deciding on money for the planners to hire an owner’s project manager and feasibility study at the annual Spring town meeting next year.

If organizers have their way, money for design and construction will be sought at the 2019 annual town meeting, with bids going out over the winter and an opening in the spring or summer of 2021.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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