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New Cairo community center on hold

Sep 24, 2018 6:15 am
Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a tentative plan to build a new community center in Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo has stalled. The new building would replace the existing center on Old Route 23B. The architecture and engineering firm, Kaaterskill Associates estimates a new 3,560-square-foot building would cost between $480,000 and $507,000, and include a new town court, said Cairo Town Supervisor Daniel Benoit. Benoit is opposed to housing the town court with the community center. Town board member Mary-Jo Cords suggested holding off on the community center project because the town is currently renovating a building into an town ambulance squad center and funding is needed for that project. Cords pointed out the Kaaterskill design plan does not provide sufficient space for a kitchen and storage areas, but eliminating the court from the layout could help. Acra Community Center staff and volunteers agree that a new space is needed tfor the Meals on Wheels program. The existing center lacks storage space and has water and sewer problems, Anna Ruth Greer, a 15-year center volunteer, said. According to Greer, the bathroom toilet stopped working five times this year. “...They’ve been talking about fixing this place for 10 years,” Greer said. “If it was in the town park, more people would come,” she said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.