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Development of Senior Citizen Center Continues

By on Apr 1 2013.
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Springfield Senior Citizen Center Plan

Springfield Senior Citizen Center Plan

Continuing a process to overhaul the township Recreation Department that started in 2012, the Township presented the plans for a Senior Citizen Center at the Chisholm Community Center at the March 12, 2013 Township Committee meeting.   The architectural drawings were prepared by Cornerstone Architecture Group, LLC. who received the $9,000 contract awarded by Resolution 2012-294 on December 18, 2012.  As part of the scope of work, the architects prepared construction documents that include architectural design, interior design, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electric design for an entire wing to be dedicated to the senior citizens.  The plans also call for a new barrier free restroom, a new kitchen, space planning and furniture layout for a meeting room and a new exterior ramp.

According to the plans, the wing will have a meeting room, kitchen, exercise room and relaxation room.  Currently, the Springfield senior citizen population makes use of a relatively smaller, shared space at the Sarah Bailey Civic Center.  There are approximately 90 active members in the Senior Citizen group at Sarah Bailey.  The work is expected to begin this year.  The next steps in the process require bid specifications to be prepared and advertised and then a contract to be awarded to the lowest bidder.  The construction budget is set at approximately $200,000 and is estimated to take three months to complete.

Chisholm Community Center

Chisholm Community Center

In 2011, the YMCA was unable to secure a new lease with the Township under then-Mayor Hugh Keffer.  The Summit Area YMCA had occupied the Chisholm Community Center for many years.  They attempted to renegotiate the lease for several months in 2011 but according to comments from then-Deputy Mayor David Amlen, there was disagreement over the terms.  Ultimately, the YMCA left the space and the Chisholm Community Center was vacant for much of 2011.

In an attempt to revitalize the building and cut losses, the 2012 Township Committee under then-Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady developed a plan to consolidate a Recreation Department split between three buildings throughout the year in one location.  The Chisholm Community Center was eyed for its size, central location and young age.  On June 12, 2012, officials presented a seven page report on the consolidation that outlined all the requirements and split the project into phases.  The recommendations in the report were approved and the first phase called for focus on the senior citizen center.  Once the senior citizen center transition is complete, Township officials will be faced with deciding the fate of the Sarah Bailey Civic Center.



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