Construction of Hadley’s new senior center underway, ceremony set for Tuesday

  • Depiction of new Hadley Senior Center building. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Foundation for new Hadley Senior Center. SUBMITTED

  • Foundation for new Hadley Senior Center. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2019 9:46:45 AM

HADLEY — With dirt being moved in the open field, a foundation and footings being poured and electrical lines being laid, construction on the town’s new, 10,350-square foot senior center is underway.

Before the $7.1 million project moves much farther along, though, town officials will hold a groundbreaking event at the 46 Middle St. site Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Jane Nevinsmith, chairwoman of the Senior Center Building Committee, said Hadley’s representatives in the state Legislature, state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and state Rep. Dan Carey, D-Easthampton, have both been invited to the public event.

Brief talks will take place before town and state officials don hard hats and use shovels to mark the occasion. Refreshments also will be served.

Forish Construction of Westfield is handling the project. Nevinsmith said the company brings experience to senior center construction, having previously built Greenfield and Westfield’s senior centers.

The next task for Forish is to begin drainage work at the site.

The senior center, which is expected to be complete in April 2020, is the first of two projects to get underway on the site of the former Hooker School, which had been used as the senior center since 1998.

The Hooker building will be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for a new town library.

A contractor for that project has not yet been selected by the Select Board. Nevinsmith said whoever is chosen will work with Forish to make sure the projects, which will share parking, both move forward seamlessly.

The senior center, meanwhile, has been moved to the parish hall at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.  “Its nice space for us,” Nevinsmith said

The senior center’s programs are all on one level at the church building. Nevinsmith said the functioning heating and air conditioning are giving elders a preview of the comforts they will have once the new building opens.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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