The first shovels full of earth were dug Monday in a ceremonial groundbreaking of the city's new $3.4 million senior center — a project that was years in the making.
Calling it a moment of pride, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said work is set to begin Oct. 7 on the Eckersley-Hall Senior / Community Center by local contractor M&M Construction.
Architects Silver/Petrucelli said the plan for the former St. Sebastian School building includes underground circulating water which will help generate heating and cooling for the building and a geothermal energy instead of electricity.
Last month, the building committee voted unanimously to contract with M&M Inc., doing business as Aresco Construction, for bid estimate of $4,680,000.
In late August, the committee announced at a press conference that Connecticut Light & Power's tax credits purchase of nearly $1.3 million and a $172,300 historic restoration grant reduced the price to taxpayers by more than $1.2 million.
The project, which began with the city's purchase of the St. Sebastian School on Durant Terrace in March 2011, is expected to be completed within nine to 12 months.
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