The Community Center on East Street needs an estimated $1 million renovations and may end up demolished.  reports the Selectmen last week discussed the future of the century-old structure and may release another request for proposals that could allow demolition.
Youth Center Inc. plans to leave its longtime home at 20 East St. and move to the Cheshire school building. Plans are to move out of the decrepit building on Sept. 30. The Youth Center signed a contract with Cheshire earlier this year.
Community Development Director Donna Cesan said the building is near the downtown yet fairly secluded. She said she always thought it would be optimal for housing. The structure was built in 1920 as a dormitory for the Sisters of Providence, who operated a now long-gone sanatorium next door.
Housing was the idea in 2015 when the town last released a request for proposals, however, the only interested party was the Youth Center, which had also been eyeing the Memorial Building.
The board did conclude that the only way to make the property attractive may be to allow for the demolition of the historic building.

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