New Griswold Senior Center construction back on track after going over budget

The building, located behind McCluggage Manor, will be finished in 12 weeks, officials said. Griswold initially bonded $7.5 million in 2019 to pay for the new building. Board of Finance members first discovered the project had gone about $1.5 million over budget in January 2021. To pay for the project, the town received $411,800 in grant funds from the USDA in July, already applied for by the Griswold Senior Center Building Committee before an appropriation was requested from the Board of Finance. Then, the Board of Finance approved an additional $214,355 for the project. Christensen said the project nets out to being over budget by $562,555, which the town expects to recoup through state bonding. The new Senior Community Wellness Center will feature a medical room, a larger café space, a conference room for the town’s social services functions, a library with a computer center, and enough space for physical activities like yoga.

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