Contact: Kevin Coughlin
April 27, 2012
GRISWOLD—State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington), Griswold First Selectman Philip Anthony, and State Rep. Steve Mikutel (D-Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Voluntown) announced today that the Town of Griswold will soon receive a grant from the State of Connecticut to finance a 3,000 square foot addition to the Griswold Senior Center.
“Griswold and Jewett City have a large population of senior citizens. With limited resources, Senior Center Director Tina Falk and her dedicated staff have done a tremendous job of providing essential services, medical clinics and hot meals to the Center’s members, in addition to exercise classes and other activities. Seniors’ needs have simply outgrown the current facility. I am grateful to First Selectman Anthony for raising this issue, and to Rep. Mikutel for his help in securing this grant,” said Senator Maynard.
“There is a longstanding need in Griswold to expand the overgrown and outdated Senior Center, which has been forced to stop accepting new members due to demand on its limited facilities. I identified this issue as a top concern for our town, and reached out to Sen. Maynard for his assistance. I am grateful for his due diligence in securing this grant that is so desperately needed,” said First Selectman Anthony.
“I want to thank Senator Maynard for supporting the state funding for this project," said Rep. Mikutel. "I was my pleasure to assist this project from the local level.”
On Friday, the State Bond Commission approved a $343,500 grant to the Town of Griswold to finance a 3,000 square foot addition to the town’s Senior Center. The project is expected to create twelve construction jobs.
The addition will double the size of the current Senior Center by adding a second floor to the antiquated existing structure. The new space will add multiple rooms for studies, medical clinics and other activities such as Zumba dancing and crafts. Kitchen renovations and other improvements to some of the Center’s existing rooms will also be carried out.
In addition to serving the senior citizens of Griswold, the Center’s expansion will also benefit other residents of the town. In the past, the Senior Center has occasionally been used to hold meetings of the Board of Selectmen and other community organizations.
The next step in expanding the Senior Center will be for the Town of Griswold to issue a request for proposals to construct the addition, followed by construction itself. Pending possible delays, First Selectman Anthony will oversee the new construction project from beginning to completion, hoping the addition will be ready to use within nine months from the start date.
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