Though the Pennington Reading Street Senior Center was slated for closure end of December 2017, County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the mayors of Pennington Borough, Hopewell Borough, and Hopewell Township have jointly made the decision to keep the center open until a new one is built. All entities pledged that the necessary repairs and upgrades would be made to bridge the five to ten year gap.
The list of repair items is extensive and, with only $150K budgeted ($75,000 from Pennington Borough, Hopewell Borough, and Hopewell Township and $75K from Mercer County), all agreed to find partners willing to donate labor, materials, and monetary donations to offset the cost. Among those community partners, Trap Rock Industries will be donating 210 tons of bituminous concrete, the Township will transport the material to the site (free of cost), and the County will pave the parking lot and repair curbing (free of cost). A full list of other necessary repairs (i.e. new oven, new roof, upgrades to kitchen) will be provided by Pennington Borough for discussion among the three municipalities.
Township Committee member Kristin McLaughlin feels certain that the work will be done in a timely manner and that the Boroughs are ready to work together.
“Everybody realizes that this is just a patch, but an absolutely necessary one to get us through to what comes next. We owe the seniors a place to gather and eat together,” said Ms. McLaughlin.