Master plan taking shape

The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted Monday to support a proposed $24.5 million facilities master plan that would be implemented in seven phases over the next several years. The proposal, presented by Ken Buckland of the Cecil Group, the consulting firm assisting the town’s Facilities Master Plan Committee, focused on reusing and expanding the use of existing buildings to improve public services, as well as to eliminate current private office space leases for the School and Community Development departments. The first phase calls for converting the former police station into new space for the School Department. The other phases are building a new gymnasium at Kittredge Elementary School; building a new fire station; turning the current fire station into space for Community Development; expanding the Senior Center; renovating or building new classrooms; and improving the existing Department of Public Works garage and offices. An option to renovate the former Bradstreet School building instead of expanding the Senior Center would increase the proposal to $29.2 million. Town Manager Andrew Maylor indicated that financing for the first phase of the plan, estimated at $2.7 million, would be available by the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Buckland said the firm would present a final plan to the board and the June 12 Town Meeting. - Katheleen Conti