A twenty-five member committee is currently working out the cost to either renovate the Community Center, build a brand new center, or a combination of the two.
Six years ago a similar committee was formed to look at the needs of multiple town buildings, but their recommendation to transform the Community Center into a Town Hall was put on hold by the Selectmen of the time.
While a new plan is worked out, Pembroke must still maintain the Community Center building. According to Town Administrator Ed Thorne, $22,500 was recently approved to address water leaks, “As far as the community center is concerned, we’re hoping that this is it, that this would at least prevent water from coming down from the roof and getting into the brick work.”
Thorne calls the Community Center an ‘old’ building, haven being built in 1934. “Other than the fact that the roof has been repaired, over a period of time a lot of the gutters and storm drains and windows have been there since it was built,” says Thorne
According to Selectman Greg Hanley, who sits on the study committee, their work is about one-third of the way complete with a plan to finalize an option by November. So far they’ve calculated the cost of a renovation which has a price tag of $6.8 million.
If the Community Center project is approved by taxpayers, Hanley expects construction to start within the next two years.