November 8, 2018

Windham OKs $14.6M community, senior center

Rendering | QA+M Architecture
Rendering | QA+M Architecture
Windham will build a 30,000-square-foot community and senior center at 533 Main St. for completion in mid 2020.

Windham voters at referendum Tuesday approved plans to build a $14.6 million community and senior center at a Main Street plot formerly housing the old Jillson Square theaters.

The town will spend $10 million on the 30,000-square-foot facility at 533 Main St. in downtown Willimantic, a section of town. A portion of project costs are offset by a $1.3 million state grant and proceeds from its sale of the Kramer Building at 322 Prospect St., which houses the town's recreation department. Voters greelit the project by a 2-1 margin.

Designed by Farmington's QA+M Architecture, the new building will feature dining spaces, senior and social services offices, recreation offices, fitness areas, a gymnasium and a six-lane swimming pool. The new gym and pool areas will serve as upgrades to similar amenities at the Kramer Building.

Construction will begin in summer 2019 with an expected completion in mid 2020, said Tom Arcari, principal of QA+M.

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