After receiving several inquiries about construction at the site of the new senior center, Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick spoke briefly about the project during Tuesday night's selectmen's meeting.
Fitzpatrick said that several people had called her office asking about excavation work being done on the south side of the lot and wondering if the building had been moved to that side.
The senior center location remains the same as it was on original plans, Fitzpatrick said, located more to the north end of the site, facing Hillside Avenue, with the south end of the lot being reserved for MBTA parking.
The excavation is part of basic preparation work required before building the foundation of the building, she added.
Once that work is completed and the foundation is laid, the south side parking lot will be restored. MBTA parking is temporarily limited to the north side of the lot, outside the fenced-in area.
"Rest assured, the senior center will go where planned," Fitzpatrick said.
The two-story, 20,000-square-foot senior center is being built on the old MBTA lot at the corner of Hillside Avenue and West Street.
The first phase of the project is expected to last about three months and will include construction of the building’s basement, Steve Popper, director of construction and renovation for the town, said in March. Once that part is completed, parking will be moved permanently to the south side of the lot, and building construction will continue.
The south side entrance along Hillside Avenue will become the main entrance to the MBTA parking lot, while the north entrance on Hillside will be used mainly for the senior center.
The next phase of the project will involve constructing the “skeleton” of the building, which should be completed by next winter, with interior work continuing into spring 2013, Popper said.
The new senior center is expected to open by September 2013.