Groveland voters OK $35K for senior center design

Eagle Tribune | By Paul Tennant
April 24, 2017

GROVELAND — The town has taken the first step toward building a senior center.

Town Meeting voters unanimously approved $35,000 to design a center for the town’s older residents Monday evening. Proponents of a senior center have pointed out that most neighboring communities cities have buildings that are set aside for senior citizens.

Groveland Town Hall serves as the site for various activities for elders, including yoga classes.

The slightly more than 100 voters who attended the annual Town Meeting at Bagnall Elementary School also approved a zoning bylaw.

Building inspector Sam Joslin said the new zoning rules are better organized than the previous bylaw. Joslin also serves as building inspector for Newbury and said a similar zoning bylaw in that town has streamlined the process of building or remodeling homes.

The previous zoning bylaw did not allow many uses “as of right,” or not requiring a special permit in business or industrial districts.

The new regulation allows business and medical offices, pharmacies and small stores in the business district without requiring a special permit.

“We don’t want to put people through any more (regulation) than we have to,” Joslin said.

“I suggest you pass it,” said Mitchell Kroner, a real estate attorney. The new bylaw will help the town attract businesses, he said. The vote to adopt the zoning bylaw, Article 18, was 107-5. A two-thirds vote was required.

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