Community center

The future of the Pembroke Community Center will be a focus of discussion at the selectmen’s meeting tomorrow. According to Town Administrator Edwin Thorne, the Center Street building has problems such as faulty heating and air conditioning, lack of handicap access, and the presence of asbestos. The key question is whether to renovate the building or demolish it and build a new one, said Thorne. The meeting will begin a discussion that will culminate in a Town Meeting vote - most likely this fall - on appropriating money for a project. An informal group of building design and construction professionals who recently toured the building will present their findings tomorrow. The Community Preservation Committee, which recommends expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund, will also be present to offer input. Thorne said the fund could potentially be used for whatever project is proposed. - John Laidler