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By Anne O’Connor

GROTON — A design for a new Senior Center is in the works. Voters approved $450,000 for design and construction bids by a voice vote.

Approval required a simple majority vote at the Oct. 23 Town Meeting.

Approximately $175,000 from the sale of three town-owned buildings and the $257,000 from free cash will be used.

When the details and construction costs are worked out, the committee will come back to Town Meeting with them, said Peter Cunningham, chairman of the Senior Center Building Committee, a board member of the Council on Aging and a former selectman.

“The Senior Center as it stands is a disgrace,” said Art Prest, speaking from the floor. The design dates back to the 1980s and is no longer up to code.

The town has been looking at the possibility of renovating or building a new Senior Center for several years.

In 2016, Town Meeting approved funding for two separate feasibility studies on possible locations.

In the Spring Town Meeting, voters said no to purchasing land near the fire station for a new center. Town Meeting gave the go-ahead for borrowing $225,000 of the $400,000 to pay for design and construction bidding for a center at the current location in West Groton.

One more approval was needed. Voters said “No” to the borrowing at the spring election.

The Town Meeting will continue on Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School, 344 Main Street.

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