Aresimowicz Announces State Grant for New Berlin Community/Senior CenterJuly 25, 2018
Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) said today that a state grant for Berlin for the planning and design of a new community and senior center in town has received final approval by the State Bond Commission.
At Aresimowicz’s request, a 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.
“We have been talking with our town officials on the need for this project for a while, and this funding will allow the town to finally move forward with the project in earnest,” Aresimowicz said. “Our entire community will be able to enjoy the new center when it is completed. It will be a wonderful new facility for our town, and this planning grant is a big win for local property taxpayers.”
Conversations about building a new community and senior center in Berlin have been going on for years. In the last 20 years, two different committees have been formed to come up with a plan for a new community and senior center, and once those committees submitted their reports to the town, no further action was taken.
Aresimowicz expects that every aspect of the community will be involved in the planning process of the community and senior center. “This is a center that will be available and accessible to everyone in town, so it is important that there is a well-rounded, open process when it comes to the planning of the center,” he said.
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.