Groundbreaking Held for New Community-Senior Center

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 31, 2017 6:17 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThere were a lot of smiling faces at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Center last Friday on the grounds of the recently closed Branford Community House. The work has already begun on the much anticipated shared community and senior center facility. Over 40 attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony.

Bill O'Brien Photo“When this new building is finished it will be the hub of the community,” First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) told a crowd of 40 people who attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony Friday morning.

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Ground Breaking Soon For Community House Expansion

by Diana Stricker | Sep 26, 2017 6:02 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Board of Selectmen (BOS) awarded a $9.9 million construction contract for the Community House/Senior Center expansion to A. Secondino & Son of Branford, clearing the way for an October start date.

In a related matter, it was announced that there will be a public auction on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at noon at the Community House on Church Street for some leftover furniture and office equipment.

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Construction Manager Proposed for Community House/Senior Center

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 2, 2017 7:51 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoA. Secondino & Son Inc., a well-known Branford-based construction company, was the low bidder for the $12.1 million renovation of the Community House/Senior Center.

Tom Arcari, principal of Quisenberry Arcari Architects LLC, explained the details to the Public Building Commission at its meeting Wednesday night at Fire Headquarters. 

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BOS Acts on Community House Parking

by Diana Stricker | May 22, 2017 6:06 am | Comments (2)

File PhotoThe Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously approved buying a house and a vacant lot next to the Community House to provide additional parking for the proposed multi-million dollar expansion and renovation. The BOS also unanimously approved the Department of Recreation to manage and maintain the former Branford Hills School property.

The house, located on a .16 acre lot at 26 Church St.; and the adjacent .28 acre vacant lot at 28 Church St., are both owned by Anne Szeligowski. The lots are next to the Community House, which is slated for a major renovation as a recreation/senior center.

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BOS Appoints Two of Four Temporary Building Commission Members

by Diana Stricker | Mar 6, 2017 8:06 am

With PermissionTwo department heads have been appointed to serve as temporary members of the Public Building Commission to oversee the Community House/Senior Center project; and two seats are still open.

The Board of Selectman (BOS) unanimously appointed Dagmar Ridgway, director of the Canoe Brook Senior Center; and Alex Palluzzi, Jr., director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to serve on the commission.

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Cosgrove & Ahern Disagree over Building Commission Role

by Diana Stricker | Feb 13, 2017 8:14 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved the next phases of the Senior Center/Community House project but not without dissent from the third selectman over the absence of the building commission during the first 40 percent of the design process.

The BOS also appointed a special building committee to oversee construction of the new Indian Neck Fire House.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said it’s time to take the next steps now that the Board of Finance (BOF) and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) have approved the $12.1 million renovation and expansion of the Senior Center/Community House.

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Will the RTM Approve $12.1M Bonding for Community-Senior Center?

by marcia chambers | Dec 14, 2016 8:20 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoBy a 4-1 vote with the chair dissenting, the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM)  Ways and Means Committee last week approved a $12.1 million authorization for a community house-senior center renovation on Church Street. The recommendation goes before the full RTM meeting tonight at 8 p.m. at Fire Headquarters. 

Rep. Peter Black (R-3), chair of Ways & Means, voted against the bonding, saying there were too many unknowns regarding other current projects, including the Walsh Intermediate School and other proposed projects. The community house project is now 50 percent higher than expected. In 2013 Finance Director Jim Finch outlined the bonding process here.

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P&Z Approves Senior Center-Community House Expansion

by Diana Stricker | Jun 6, 2016 6:00 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker PhotoThe long-awaited Senior Center is one step closer to reality. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved plans Thursday to renovate and expand the Community House to include a Senior Center.

The next step for the architects will be estimating the cost of the project, and seeking funding from the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting. If approved, construction could begin in the fall and take about one year.

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Community House-Senior Center Approved in Spirit

by Diana Stricker | May 26, 2016 6:08 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoThe plan to renovate the Community House and include a Senior Center could be approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission next week.

The commissioners seemed in favor of the project when they discussed it following a 90-minute public hearing last Thursday.

“I think the use is a great concept,” said Charles Andres, who chairs the commission.

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