HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News took a tour of the current senior center in Hadley on Thursday with Senior Services Director Suzanne Travisano. We noticed holes in the wall, missing ceiling tiles, and incomplete construction on a stairwell.
Right now the Hadley Senior Community Center is inside an old school building with tiles that have asbestos, which are hazardous when broken. There’s an elevator that’s barely wheelchair accessible and doesn’t automatically open. Also, there’s no air conditioning and the building doesn’t hold heat.
Travisano said, “We’ve got a boomer happening with demographics of 60 and over, which we’ve really got to prepare for. There’s not enough beds in Massachusetts for everybody over 60 to age.”
With construction expected to cost $1.5 million, 22News found out from Town Administrator David Nixon if taxes would go up. He said, “We’re asking voters to borrow money from the owner project manager within the levee limits so there would be no impact on taxes and the owner project would be working shoulder to shoulder with us for viable plans to move forward.”
Hadley residents can decide to either renovate the existing building or construct a new building someplace else. Nixon said he expects at least 2 more Town Hall meetings before a final decision is made.