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Ribbon Cutting to Mark Completed Renovation at Westfield Senior Center

WESTFIELD — Staff from the Westfield Council on Aging reported this week that the second-floor renovation project at the Westfield Senior Center at 45 Noble St. is now complete. To celebrate the renovation, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., followed by light refreshments and tours of the new space.

What was once a large storage area has been transformed into a three-office suite. The expansion is a response to the city’s over-60 population growing from 8,000 to more than 10,000 in the past decade, and the growth in the proportion of the older adults dealing with complicated financial, physical, and mental health; housing; and family challenges. With an expected need for expanded outreach, crisis intervention, and creative case management in the near future, having additional office space will be key.

The project was made possible thanks to state Sen. John Velis, who secured American Rescue Plan Act funding directed to the project, as well as a generous donation from Friends of the Westfield Senior Center.