The Lymes’ Senior Center Building Committee announced today that, at tonight’s Special Town Meetings, Old Lyme residents approved a supplemental budget appropriation of $660,000 and Lyme residents approved a supplemental budget appropriation of $220,000 for the renovation of the Lymes’ Senior Center.

With these budget appropriations approved by the towns, the Building Committee has all the approvals necessary so the project can move forward and construction can begin.  Jeri Baker, the Building Committee chair, said that, once construction begins, the committee anticipates a 10-month schedule for the completion of the project, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

When the renovations are completed, the Senior Center will have:

  • An additional 3,265 square feet of interior space (for a total of 8,737 square feet of interior space) that will enable the center to accommodate more members and activities.
  • Motorized room partitions that allow for multiple room configurations so programs and activities can take place simultaneously.
  • An enlarged kitchen space with multiple kitchen upgrades that allows for greater center luncheon attendance.
  • A quiet library room where members can relax and/or read.
  • A greeting area that is separate from the activities area.
  • A public entrance that can accommodate the arrival and departure of buses and emergency vehicles.
  • Redesigned entryway and hallways, improved door thresholds and additional shelving and storage space.
  • A new roof, porch, cupola, windows, walkways and landscaping.
  • New furniture throughout.

A FAQ on the Senior Center renovation can be found here: www.townlyme.org/senior-center-faq