State Bond Commission makes Calendar House funding official

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Southington officials celebrating the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $5 million grant-in-aid at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford following the panel’s official vote. (left to right) Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, Town Councilman Paul Champagne, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Rep. David Zoni, Town Manager Garry Brumback, Senior Citizen Commission member Mark White and Calendar House Director Bob Verderame.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D – Berlin/Southington) and State Representative David Zoni (D – Southington) welcomed today’s approval by the State Bond Commission of  a $5 million grant-in-aid to the town of Southington for the construction of a new senior center.

“We are very pleased that the $5million grant-in aid is now official with the vote taken by the Bond Commission today and that Southington’s seniors will have a senior center they deserve once construction is under way next year,” Reps. Aresimowicz and Zoni said said in a joint press release. “This is not only welcomed news for our seniors, but the funding represents tax relief for the town’s property taxpayers. This is a win-win for everyone.”

The funds will be used to build a new 22,000 square foot Calendar House Senior Center and demolish the existing building. The new building will allow the town to centralize the administrative offices, build rooms to accommodate class sizes and make it ADA compatible, provides additional space for new activities and social services and to use the space as the town’s primary emergency shelter.

“This is the definition of property tax relief as it directly reduces the burden on Southington residents.  We are extremely grateful to Representatives Joe Aresimowicz and Dave Zoni without whom this grant would not be possible.  This will result in a wonderful Senior Center for our town to enjoy for many years to come,” said Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback in the release.

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