October 27, 2021

COA Prepare Move to Francis Farm

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The Rehoboth Council on Aging will be moving into their new facilities at Francis Farm in September or October, according to Selectmen Chairman Skip Vadnais.

The Council on Aging staff are working out of offices on Winthrop Street following last September’s devastating fire at the former facility at 55 Bay State Road.

The 7200 square foot building was a total loss and the insurance proceeds are being used to purchase materials and equipment for the new COA.

Voters at the May town meeting approved the purchase of the 47 acre property at a cost of $2.8 million.

The Board of Selectmen voted July 26 to allow a structural engineer to inspect the carriage barn. The funds for the expenditure will be drawn from the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) account. The barn, along with a pavilion, were reported to be in poor condition.

 “When we were at town meeting, it was noted that there were a couple of sketchy buildings that we didn’t have any plans for,” said Selectman Jim Muri. “This doesn’t effect any of the premium buildings that we really purchased the site for.”

Before the demolition work begins, signage will be removed. Other assets will be sent to the Highway Department for safekeeping and evaluation.

“We’re going to save whatever can be saved,” Vadnais said. “We have a video of all the assets. We’re keeping track of what leaves the property.”

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