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Claremont seeks a future for old Goodwin Community Center

CLAREMONT — City officials are seeking a legal change that would allow for a non-recreational use of the old Goodwin Community Center.

The Goodwin Community Center was replaced earlier this year with the opening of the new Claremont Savings Bank Community Center.

The Goodwin Community Center Commission plans to seek permission from the court to change the trust that holds the center to a recreational use, City Manager Guy Santagate said Monday.

“We need changes in the trust,” he said. The Goodwin Community Center has buildings built in the 1800s, 1950s and 1970s, with an indoor pool built in the 1950s and a 50-person capacity function hall.

The city has no use for the building, Santagate said.

If the trust is changed for non-recreational uses the City Council could entertain offers from the public to purchase the building for a use other than recreation, he said, which would allow the city to sell the building.

City officials plan to file a petition for more flexibility in use of the building in the trust, Santagate said. “We hope to be filing with the court shortly.”

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