On Monday, May 20, officials from the Towns of Old Lyme and Lyme held a groundbreaking ceremony for the $6.38 million Lymes’ Senior Center renovation project.  Speakers included Old Lyme First Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker, Lyme First Selectman David Lahm, Lymes’ Senior Center Building Committee Chair Jeri Baker and Lymes’ Senior Center Director Stephanie Gould.

The event was attended by more than 70 area residents, including:

  • State Senator Norm Needleman and State Representative Devin Carney;
  • the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, the Lyme Board of Selectpeople, former Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold and former Lyme First Selectman Steve Mattson;
  • representatives from the Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors, Lymes’ Senior Center Building Committee, Point One Architects and Newfield Construction; and
  • a number of senior center members.

All of the members of the two Boards of Selectmen, Baker and Gould donned hard hats for the ceremonial shoveling of dirt that marked the official groundbreaking.

Once completed, the renovated center will have a total of 8,737 square feet of interior space, enabling the accommodation of more members and activities; motorized room partitions that allow programs and activities to take place simultaneously; an enlarged kitchen space that allows for greater luncheon attendance; a new roof, porch, cupola, windows, walkways, landscaping and other amenities.