Waterbury has begun a study of whether a new community center is feasible.
The study is being done in partnership with Revitalizing Waterbury, The Children’s Room and the Waterbury Area Senior Center. The group, working with consultant gbA Architecture and Planning of Montpelier, will host three discussions about the potential for a Waterbury community center. Other organizations and individuals interested in being a part of the study are encouraged to participate.
The first meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. The goal is to familiarize people with how the feasibility study will work, present concepts and solicit ideas for a community center. This is an opportunity for people to help determine the priorities for this possible community facility.
The idea for a community center emerged from a community summit hosted by Revitalizing Waterbury in January 2018. Waterbury has a number of organizations and facilities that serve the community’s active population, from the very young to senior citizens. Some of these organizations, including the town recreation program, have outgrown their space and are interested in partnering in a new community center that serves the community better.
A steering committee has been formed that represents all the project partners is overseeing the study, which will explore activities, size, scope, locations and costs, among other details.
The committee’s work so far will help to frame the discussion Nov. 19.
Future public meetings:
• Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. when a concept for a community center will be presented and discussed.
• Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the future direction for the project.
The goal is to complete the feasibility study next May. The study project is funded with a community development block grant and local matching funds.
Information: Steve Lotspeich, Waterbury community planner, 802-244-1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.