Scituate: Seniors propose using Harbor Community Building for Senior Center

Ellen Bernardi proposes new senior center

Seniors met with Scituate’s Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, to propose that town use the old Pier 44 building, now known as the Scituate Harbor Community Building, as the site for a new senior center.

Ellen Bernardi delivered the proposal to use the building primarily as a new senior center, but the proposal also included other groups interested in using the building as well.

After Bernardi’s initial presentation, Selectman Tony Vegnani said he wasn’t clear on the proposal and asked her to clarify it in just three sentences.

Bernardi responded by saying, “I would like to have the Harbor Community Building be a home for the senior center, used for overflow programs by the recreation department, open at night for community meetings and used for art and cultural displays and intergenerational programs”.

Selectman Vegnani said, “Ok, stop right there. Who’s to say that’s not going to happen? That may be what occurs”.

“Perhaps then what I’m asking is and what the seniors here are asking is, when? When will a decision be made”? Bernardi replied.

“The decision will be made at some point in time in the near future, when the chairman decides to put it on the agenda for us to make a decision. The only part that may not work with what you’re saying is, it may not be where the Council on Aging is and it may not be called the Senior Center. It may be called the Scituate Community Center that has the opportunity for all the things that you just mentioned”, Vegnani said.

Selectman Rick Murray then said, “Or not … it might not be anything!”

Murray was referring to the possibility that the building might actually be demolished to make way for a park.

Murray went on to say that he understands the senior’s frustration and agreed that a new senior center is badly needed.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.