Sandwich Selectmen Get Update on Feasibility Study for New Senior Center

SANDWICH –Sandwich selectmen were given an update Thursday night on a feasibility study recently completed for the new Sandwich Senior Community Center.

The estimated cost for the center is $8.4 million, which includes room for the town nurse and adult day program.

The Council on Aging, which is planning to move into the new facility in a few years, is expected to ask the town to contribute funding to the project.

The new center will built on the public safety campus at Quaker Meetinghouse and Cotuit Roads, occupying over 4 acres.

There will be a number of features at the new center, including a multi-purpose room, library/lounge, fitness room, game room and café/coffee bar.

“The purpose, ultimately with what we’re looking at with a new facility, is to enhance the quality of life for seniors and the community by providing educational, recreational cultural programs and activities,” said John Gilberts with the council.

The organization currently shares its 6,000 square feet building space with the town nursing and emergency management departments.

Last year, the council served more than 1,200 seniors with 50 ongoing programs each month and 6-10 special programs per month.

The current center, which was built by Cape Cod Regional Technical School students in 1986, does not include a fitness room, games room and reception area.

Selectman Michael Miller agreed that it’s time for a new facility.

“My parents are very involved with the center for years and there’s no question there’s a need for something for sure,” said Miller.

Architects on the project recommended that there should be up to 140 parking spaces, a garden area for gatherings and retreats and storage dedicated to medical equipment.

The town projects that the over 60 population will grow to over 10,000 by 2027, representing about 50 percent of the population.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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