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Town Considers Senior Center Move

This is certain: the Darien Senior Center will move to a new location soon. The question now is, where? Fritz Morris of Beinfeld Architecture in South Norwalk provided a report on two options to the Board of Selectmen Monday night. The Board must now decide which multi-million dollar project they favor or go back to the drawing board.

Both plans involve using the old Darien Library building at 35 Leroy Street the town now owns. At the meeting, the Board of Selectmen asked Morris to analyze each option. The first would move the Senior Center to 35 Leroy. The second puts the Board of Education in that space, and shifts the Senior Center to a renovated Town Hall Annex.

Morris said each plan has advantages. For instance, moving the Senior Center to the old library space would be the less expensive project. His firm estimates it would cost $2,732,053, as opposed to $3,432,596 to change both buildings. However, Morris cautioned that the figures were “as rough as the plans are.”  The alternative, renovating both spaces, would give the Senior Center and the Board of Education more space and room to expand.

The Board of Selectmen will review the plans again next week, along with the town’s other proposed building projects, including the Weed Beach Building Plan. First Selectman David Campbell said he wanted the Senior Center project to start quickly, while constuction costs remain low. “There’s never been a better time to build, in terms of costs,” he said.

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