The Newtown Community Center project is headed back to the drawing board. During the Board of Selectmen's meeting on Monday, a Commission was created to continue studying the needs of the town. Opposition to Phase 1 of the proposal as just a senior center and aquatics center forced the cancellation of an April 28th referendum on the issue.
First Selectman Pat Llodra says the ground work that's already been done should make the Commission's job easier. Llodra says she wants to ensure that essential partners have a voice. She is looking for a six month process to determine what various sectors of the community are looking for in a Center.
The funding for the project comes from a $15 million grant donated by General Electric last year. Most of the grant is to be used for the development and construction of a new community center. About $5 million would be spent for operational costs over the first several years that a Center is open.
The Commission's first meeting will be held either next week or the week after.