As officials move forward to improve or rebuild the town’s senior center, one possibility would be phased construction.
The possibility was one Town Engineer and Director of Capital Projects Richard L. Sawitzke briefly mentioned to selectmen this week.
“Phased construction to improve senior programs and services
is one possibility,” he said.
Sawitzke addressed selectmen as a follow-up to a June 10
forum about the future of the town’s Senior Center, for which a November
of 2012 report by Quisenberry Arcari Architects laid out the options of
expanding the Senior Center at Eno Hall, building a new structure
at the corner of Bushy Hill and Stratton Roads or adding space at the Performing
Arts Center property on Iron Horse Boulevard.
Monday night Sawitzke reviewed a document in which he answered questions from the forum
He also mentioned the idea of phasing in some changes such as:
- Relocating Simsbury Community Television and renovating that space at Eno for a new kitchen and dining room
- Building a new entryway with a small addition for a fitness area and bathrooms
- Reconfiguring space for health screening and offices
- Constructing a multi-purpose room at the performing Arts Center
- Building a retaining wall to add 17 parking spaces (Sawitzke also raised the idea of a shuttle serves to and from lots on Iron Horse boulevard)
One caution with such a phasing plan would be to ensure that
the changes such as a new entry and drop off area are in synch with Eno
Memorial Hall’s history significance and would satisfy the state historic
preservation office and town’s Design Review Board, Sawitzke said.
“We’d have to be very respectful of the historic integrity
at Eno,” he said.
Sawitzke also addressed some of the questions and concerns
raised by residents in June.
One was environmental concerns at the PAC and Bushy
Hill/Stratton Brook Road sites.
The latter is the far eastern area of an aquifer but surface drainag would flow away from the site, he said.
“While we know that an environmentally sound site plan can be prepared, there will be additional costs associated with surface runoff facilities and environmental impact statements that residents may wish to have prepared,” he wrote.
“There would be a number of questions, I feel, on the site,”
Sawitzke told selectmen.
The PAC site is not in wetlands or floodplains and would only
need upland review permits, he said.
The document also address other issues such as energy usages. See it at http://www.simsbury-ct.gov/sites/simsburyct/files/senior_center_update_081213.pdf