Arlington to Host Community Center Grand Opening

The city invites the community of Arlington to attend a grand opening event to celebrate the reopening of the community center at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

It will include remarks from City Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Director of Planning and Community Development Jennifer Raitt, Director of the Council on Aging Kristine Shah and representatives from the Council on Aging Council and Select Council. A brief guided tour with an overview of the building’s renovations and improvements will follow. Refreshments will be offered.

The community center renovation project was guided and overseen by the Department of Community Planning and Development with management support provided by the city’s Standing Building Committee. The property is managed by the Arlington Redevelopment Board.

In 2015, the city established the Central School Feasibility Study Group, made up of representatives from health and human services, the Arlington Redevelopment Board, the City Manager’s Office, the Association of Arlington Seniors, the Council on Aging and the Capital Planning Committee. Sterling Associates Inc. Architects (SAIA) was hired to conduct a feasibility study. The City then hired Vertex as the owner’s contractor and SAIA as the architect in 2017. The project was tendered in 2019.

Work on the building, also known as the Central School (20 Academy St./27 Maple St.) began in March 2020. After two years of incremental work, the Arlington Community Center reopened in March.

The project cost $8.55 million in City capital funds. The Council on Aging and the Arlington Seniors Association raised more than $170,000 from the community for new furnishings for the center and the cafe, library, art room, pool room and yoga room were were sponsored by local families and businesses.

For more information about the community center and spaces for rent, contact Raitt at 781-316-3092 or Shah at 781-316-3400.

Jill E. Washington