Last weekend's solid vote in Dedham against funding an $8.65 million senior center sent a resounding message to officials that they have to revise the plan and try again - at their own risk.
"It's clear that a need has been identified for a senior center," said Town Administrator William Keegan. "Now the issue is whether we can create a proposal that will garner the majority's support."
The proposed facility, which would have served the town's 5,000-plus residents age 60 and older, has been a subject of discussion for two decades, with at least five locations considered, and rejected.
Obviously, the economy is not the best, Keegan said, but "the cost of building a facility will increase the longer we delay. It will just cost more in the long run."
At the same time, he said, "the need for the facility will not go away."
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