After months of discussions, the township is ready to begin work to expand the South Brunswick Senior Center.
An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Oct. 4 after the Township Council awarded the contract for the construction on the project earlier this month.
The township received 21 bids for the project, after the company failed to meet several of the bid specifications, according to Township Attorney Don Sears. The contract for the renovations was then awarded to Tekton Development, who was the second lowest bidder at $2.06 million.
approved an ordinance appropriating $2.9 million for both the expansion to the center and for lights to be installed on the softball fields at Reichler Park. Both projects are funded by the township's Open Space Trust Fund, with Middlesex County providing a 50 percent match from county open space funds.
The expansion plan calls for about 10,000-square feet to be added near the rear entrance of the existing auditorium at the Senior Center. Director of the Office on Aging Christine Wildemuth said the expansion includes a small room for low impact exercise equipment that allows members to work out, in addition to exam rooms. The wellness center will also host physical fitness activities, health and wellness lectures, and doctor screenings.
South Brunswick's since 2000, according to the 2010 census. Of the nearly 44,000 people living in South Brunswick, about 22 percent are between the ages of 45 and 64-years-old, and about 7 percent are over the age of 65.
"The town continues to grow and we've seen a dramatic increase in the people using the Senior Center," said Public Affairs Coordinator Ron Schmalz earlier this year. "A lot of residents are reaching that 55 and over age group, so we've seen more and more people taking part in the programs we offer."
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. in back of the senior center.
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