Scituate: Officials meet with Council on Aging regarding senior center proposal

Scituate Selectman Joe Norton met with the town’s Council on Aging Wednesday night, to discuss a proposal for the construction of a new senior center at the current site of Gates Middle School.

Norton informed them of the town’s plan to build a new middle school where the town hall is now and build a new town hall and senior center at the Gates Middle School site.

Norton told WATD, “We think it’s a plan that will give the seniors a brand new, modern, up-to-date and efficient senior center, in the quickest possible time. The plan includes moving the current senior center to a new town hall and a new town facility, where the Gates School currently is.”

An article at the upcoming Special Town Meeting would appropriate between $600,000 to $700,000, to study the feasibility of building a new middle school and entering into the Massachusetts School Building Authority program for funding.

Jen Morrison of the group Friends of Scituate’s Future believes the results of that study could be the determining factor, in building a new senior center.

“The seniors are looking at building a new senior center in the existing Gates Middle School. So if we do not get state funds to look at building a new school somewhere else, the senior center cannot move into the Gates School, where it is now,”
Morrison explained.

Scituate’s Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13.


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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.