Council Approves State Grant Funds For Planning of New Berlin Community/Senior Center

September 6, 2018

Joe speaking about the plans for the state grant at the Berlin Town Council Meeting.

The Berlin Town Council voted to move forward with the $750,000 state grant, which was secured by Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington), for the planning and design of a new community and senior center in town at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday.

“I was thrilled that the Council members voted to accept the state grant. This funding will allow us to take a serious look at what a facility like this would look like in town and give us realistic information about the necessary logistics and costs associated with the project,” said Aresimowicz. “This information will then allow the Council and the residents of Berlin to make an educated decision on whether we want to move forward with the actual construction of the center.”

At Aresimowicz’s request, the grant for $750,000 was put on the State Bond Commission agenda for their July 25 meeting where it was overwhelmingly approved by the panel.

Aresimowicz expects that every aspect of the community will be involved in the planning process of the community and senior center. A task force will be set up by the town to provide input from all stakeholders of the community, in order to make decisions on what it should look like, what amenities and services it should include, and where it should be located.

“I’m excited for this process to begin and am making myself and my entire staff available as a resource to the Council for any assistance they may need throughout this process,” said Aresimowicz.