After a fire caused the closure of the original building last winter, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Louis B. Imbroto this week joined with a dozen senior citizens in breaking ground for a major renovation of the Town community center in North Massapequa. The building, which is utilized primarily by local community organizations and senior groups, will reopen next year with more than 20 Town-run programs.
“The interior of the North Massapequa Community Center was destroyed by fire and many community organizations were forced to find a temporary home,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “After obtaining community input, I’m proud to report a major renovation of the North Massapequa Community Center is now underway and the costs of construction are anticipated to be fully covered by the Town’s insurance policy.”
Over the course of the next four months, the facility will undergo a complete interior refinishing, with reconstruction of all walls and utilities. The two-story structure will once again house meeting rooms, a kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as office space.
“This building proved to be a convenient location for our residents, particularly the hundreds of seniors who used this facility on a weekly basis,” added Councilman Imbroto. “All programs organized at this center were relocated to other facilities following the fire, and we are pleased to let those groups know they will soon be able to return to the facility.”
All programs originally housed at the North Massapequa Community Center had been relocated to other community facilities, including senior clubs, cultural and performing arts workshops, exercise programs, Knights of Pythias and Knights of Columbus, programs for children, and many more.