Construction begins on Hudson’s senior center/TV station
Preliminary site work began in mid-June, when construction crews from Brookstone Builders struck something solid beneath the soil.
Blasting should be completed early this week, allowing work crews to begin digging trenches to extend public utility lines, Colburn said.
The two-story facility is designed to fit in with the site’s existing construction as it will resemble a big red barn, with the TV studio operating out of the basement and senior activities held upstairs.
Selectman Thaddeus Luszey said that the project still fell way below its initial budget range, in spite of unanticipated developments in the process.
Colburn said the ledge problem “probably set back the construction process about 30 days.” However, he expects the building to begin taking shape sometime in August.
Voters in March approved a $1.8 million bond for the construction of the senior center and cable television studio on 2 acres inside Benson Park, a 165-acre town-owned park on the grounds of the former Benson’s Wild Animal Farm amusement park and zoo. Article 12 passed on a 1,766-1,418 vote.
In 2011, the town formed the Hudson Senior Building Committee to oversee the process of building a local senior center.