Upton Community Center: What is Going on at 9 Milford Street?
Summer Construction, June 15, 2022. Aerial photo by Tom Sleeper, courtesy of Town of Upton
By Matthew Bachtold,
Upton Town Library
There is a new addition to our town being built at 9 Milford Street. You may have seen the red building, construction trucks, or wondered why the playground was closed.
In May 2021, the Upton voters approved a 15,132 square foot building on the municipal parking lot site near the town common. The groundbreaking was on December 12, 2021, and after a year of construction, the project is nearing its final steps. The grand opening ceremony will be held June 14, 2023, but Town officials hope the building will be completed and opened to the public earlier in the spring.
Winter Construction, December 10, 2022. Aerial photo by Tom Sleeper, courtesy of Town of Upton
The Community Center will be the new home of the Upton Town Library and the Department of Elder and Social Services/Senior Center.
Both departments are looking forward to the accessibility and expanded services that the new space will provide.
Library Director Matthew Bachtold says, “Along with the larger collection size and accessible location, I’m excited about having the social services department in the same building, so we can refer our patrons directly to a wider range of support.”
The building will feature public-use study rooms and conference rooms in variety of sizes, public computer resources, a copy center and seating along the windows overlooking Center brook.
In addition to the building, the project includes a shared parking agreement with the Upton VFW that provides over 80 parking spaces, and use of Community Preservation Act funds to rebuild the Veteran’s Memorial Playground.
Floorplans and construction updates are available on the Upton Library website at uptonlibrary.org