August 18, 2022

Rehoboth Council on Aging Move Set For December


The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen have set mid-December as the target date for the relocation of the Council on Aging to their new home at Francis Farm.

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

“We had hoped to be done (with the renovations) before Thanksgiving,” Selectman Michael Deignan said Monday.

Deignan noted the delay was due to supply issues and “not being able to get the materials we need to finish.”

Francis Hall will be used for the COA. The kitchen has been upgraded and new woodwork and doors were installed.

Chairman Skip Vadnais said when the building does open, it would be a “soft opening” because the kitchen will not be functional. The state has to transfer public water licenses first.

The COA staff have been working out of offices on Winthrop Street following a devastating fire last year 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.

The town is in the process of finalizing a settlement with the insurance carrier, Vadnais explained. “We’re having an ongoing discussion with them. I was told two weeks ago that we should have the answer soon.”

The “white building” will be designated for “community health.” It will serve as the home for the Public Health Nurse, the SHINE coordinator, and Jake Kramer, the Veterans Service Officer.


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