The former Cheshire Elementary School could be the new hub for running the town, serving local senior citizens and protecting its residents.

The Select Board is seeking proposals from architectural firms on converting the remaining unused space at the Church Street complex into more spacious, accessible municipal offices. In addition, the former school could house a new, larger community/senior center.

The board also is eyeing the site for a separate public safety building for the local police and fire departments, which currently are cramped in aging buildings near the already crowded Town Hall just off Route 8.

Town Administrator Ed  said the request for proposals outlining the scope of the study/design work is being finalized, but he expects a firm to be hired and begin its work well before the end of this year.

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