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Gouverneur senior center construction could begin in the summer

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GOUVERNEUR — The village and town hope to start construction this year on a community center for senior citizens.

The town is the recipient through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council of a $400,000 grant toward the cost of the center, which will be geared toward seniors, but others in the community may also use the center. The building will be similar to one in Star Lake, with offices, a kitchen and a meeting space.

It will be in Riverview Park.

The village is a partner in the venture and will contribute $600,000 in repaid revolving loan funds toward the project.

“We’ve got two years to utilize this money, so we want to get going,” Supervisor Robert R. Ritchie said. “We’re hoping to maybe get it started this summer.”

Mr. Ritchie said a committee will meet soon for officials to begin hammering out a management plan, which will include how the building will be maintained after it is built.

“We don’t know yet,” Mr. Ritchie said. “That’s one of the things on the list to discuss.”

The community has talked about some kind of a communal or recreational center for years but has never gotten past about who would own it and be responsible for ongoing costs. Talk of a center began in 1982, although those discussions leaned more toward a building for youth.

This time, officials opted to apply for grants pertaining to senior citizens as they were told they were more likely to be funded.

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