She said they would like to bring back a community center – not just a senior center – that could serve seniors for their programming but also other groups and be rented out to be a profit center. But she said it will take support from the municipality.
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Williams could not be reached for comment on the potential buyer of the hub.
Anne Holbrook said seniors need the activity center just so they can be with other people. She accused the trustees of not caring.
“The cutest thing is what someone said to me and I think you have to think about it, West Chester is the 35th best city – even if it’s not a city – to live in the United States, unless you’re over 55, she said to the audience’s applause.
Administrator Mark Welch said physical location is one thing, but they also need someone to handle the programming, like another nonprofit.
“It’s a big deal, we know you’re not happy at this point, but it’s still under investigation,” Welch said. “In the last year and a half everything has kind of been suspended and basically people weren’t going to the library, you wouldn’t have come together if there had been a community center for you to. anyway, as it would have been closed. We will therefore pick up where we left off.
The township is already in discussions with the MidPointe library to expand this facility to create a community space. The Muhlhauser barn will also be reconsidered, but there is no heating or air conditioning and there were other issues to be addressed.
Administrator Ann Becker told Journal-News that she has seen preliminary plans for the addition of the library, but cost estimates are premature. She also said that running programs for the elderly like meals, exercise classes and the like is not the responsibility of the township, but they will find something.
“I think a temporary solution until we have a more permanent solution to using the library as a larger space is something we will need to consider,” Becker said. “We did it, we let you down and it’s frustrating.”
Administrator Lee Wong said they would look into the possibilities, but also reminded the group that the topic of a community center had previously been dismissed.
“I remember almost two decades ago there was a referendum to see if we want a community center and it was rejected,” Wong said. “Because of the operational costs, which is going to be managed, this and that, voters voted against a facility like this for community gatherings, the senior center.”
Welch and Wong are set to be re-elected this year and Holbrook has said she has a candidate ready to stand against them.
“The change is going to happen,” Holbrook said. “Whether you change what you do or that they (the elderly) will change who they represent them. It’s just where they are right now, they feel cheated, they feel like you’re not listening to them.