Community Center Task Force Appointed in Holliston

A decade after the residents tried to get a community center developed, planning is underway for another option.

Do your kids need something to do after school? Do seniors need a better place to relax? Does your group or club need a place to gather? What do you think about one place for all of these activities and more?

Last night the Holliston Board of Selectmen tackled these questions and more when they appointed the Community Center Task Force at their meeting.

"This is something we've been talking about in town for years," Selectman Kevin Conley said.

The newly formed group will begin the planning process by looking at all of the needs groups like Youth and Family Services, Veterans Services, the Senior Center and Parks and Recreation have.

Conley said after they have come up with "the ideal situation," the next step will be to look at land and buildings the town has available to see what is doable or whether a new building will be necessary.

Others in the meeting were worried that by doing this in steps, the town was putting the cart before the horse.

"I think there is a need for it, but I feel like we're just window-shopping right now," Selectman Jay Leary said. "If we're looking three years down the road then we're probably two years too early."

A similar group was started in the late 90's that worked on creating a proposal to save the Flagg School. Although that project was approved, the group was unable to convince the Finance Committee to turn the building in to a community center shortly after.


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