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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Making a space for seniors

FRANKLIN

Franklin will break ground on a new, 16,000-square-foot, $6.2 million senior center at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The new facility, at the corner of Beaver Street and Daniel McCahill Way, will offer a wide range of programs not available at its current one-room location, on West Central Street.

According to Karen Alves, director of the Council on Aging, the new center will provide space for nurse visits, a pool table, an arts and crafts room, a computer lab and a large multi-purpose room that can be divided into three smaller spaces.

In addition, the town will offer a "senior daycare" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the elderly who suffer from dementia.

Alves said the senior population in Franklin is currently about 3,200 but is expected to reach 4,800 by 2010 and 7,500 by 2020. Participation rates at the senior center are expected to triple when the new facility is available.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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