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Groundbreaking date set for new library/senior center

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TOWNSEND — Townsend residents will come one step closer to gaining a new library and new senior center on Saturday, July 12.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on that day, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the facility donated to the town by Sterilite Corporation.

The 22,000-square-foot building will be built on town land adjacent to Hawthorne Brook Middle School and Squannacook Elementary School, backing up to the Townsend Police Station in what has been described as a “campus” configuration.

A Highway Department garage and salt shed, previous occupants of the site, have been razed to make way for the Roy and Nancy Shepherd Senior Center and the Irene and Richard Collette Library.

Research and planning for the facility have been ongoing for nearly a year. “Library Trustees and staff, along with the Council on Aging and staff, have worked with architects and designers to create handsome and efficient facilities for the public,” said Gary Shepherd, project coordinator.

“A completion date of summer, 2009, is our goal,” he said.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

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