Windsor Senior Center improvements underway

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
Windsor Senior Center lunches are among activities moved, but still on schedule during renovations. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli.
Windsor Senior Center lunches are among activities moved, but still on schedule during renovations. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli.

A large project is underway, and at the end, Windsor’s recreational and senior services should be greatly improved.

The Windsor Senior Center improvement project began about 10 days ago, and the senior center is currently operating out of one of the fitness rooms at the Matianuck Avenue facility, which also contains the recreation and social services centers.

Administrative Assistant Millicent Gill said the work will greatly enhance the offerings the Windsor Senior Center already provides it members.

“We already have a great following here, and we have a lot of people using this place,” said Gill. “The work being done will give us the space we need to adequately offer all the activities we offer now.”

There are currently no plans to expand the programming any further. The town is keeping the seniors informed of the progress of the project. A weekly meeting is held by Senior Center Director Rick Leigl to discuss the progress of the renovations.

Architect plans are also posted on the office walls, and seniors are welcome to ask questions of senior center staff about the project.

The work is scheduled to take about four months, and seniors are making due with sharing the space in the activity rooms. The renovations will give the senior center increased area for fitness programs, as well as new office space for the administration of the center.

Despite the renovations, the senior lunch program is still taking place. On average, 50 seniors visit to have lunch each day, including on the final Wednesday of the month, when birthdays for that month are celebrated. Small presents are also given. More than 500 people visit the center weekly for activities.

The town’s capital improvement budget is funding the nearly $400,000 in renovations.

With an eye on safety, improvements will include power doors and a vestibule entrance that will be handicapped-accessible, and all updates will be in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the same time, the front of the building will receive a facelift.

Gill said the renovation will force the senior center to move activities to other rooms in the building, but none of the programs that are offered will be disrupted during the summer, and all activities will remain on schedule.

In addition, there are many activities that take seniors off campus, and they will also continue to run during the renovations.

Gill said a temporary entrance will be located on the south side of the building during the renovations. Signs pointing to the detour entrance have been posted.

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