(Adding a civic center is a new twist. - promoted by Brian)
As I stated before I think the mention of the extra space is what killed the Rustcraft project. While it appears the town wants town hall in the square I wanted to put another twist on this as I was just watching the last selectman meeting on Dedham TV.
They are talking about creativity. This is what I offered and wasn't listened too so here's what I propose. Why not move DPW to this location, put a fire station there, move some of the departments that deal directly with DPW so that the Town Hall can be less crowded, Yes try again for a senior center here and yes I'm going to harp on this forever we need a civic center.
A civic center would bring revenue, we can rent it out for birthday parties, we can have exercise classes there, sports leagues could rent it out, we can put a basketball court or two in there and we can rent that space to DYB, Metro West and St. Mary's CYO, not to mention the possibility of adult leagues. The seniors could even come here for exercise. We could have classes specific to them and could have the council of aging there. Here is the beauty of this with the civic center and senior center in the same building with a fire station it couldn't be safer as you would have trained CMT's right there.
I liked Carmen's concept and appreciated the work he, Mike Butler and Mr. Keegan put into this, but it simply wasn't creative enough. This is creative, realistic and the town can gain so much as far as revenue and a fire station closer to the oakdale/greenlodge area. This is the kind of plan that was needed and I think town meeting members would have voted for this because it makes sense.