FRAMINGHAM – At noon today, Yvonne Spicer will be sworn in as the first-ever mayor of the City of Framingham.
And one thing she would like to bring to the new city is a community center.
“I spent a lot of time on the south side these last couple of weeks,” said Spicer to Framingham Source on Thursday morning.
During one of her visits, she met with residents at Pelham apartments, who want to remodel their community center.
“And it got me thinking, but what about all of the other south side residents. And I thought do we need a community center in Framingham? And, I think we do,” said Spicer. “We need to be thinking critically about how do we figure out a space that is going to be appropriate and to have multiple uses.”
Spicer said the Boys and Girls club “is in a situation of needing space.” Currently, they are in temporary space at St. Stephen’s, after they were evicted from the Danforth Building by the Town of Framingham.
She said she spoke to the Police Athletic League, that is still looking for a place to house its boxing program, since they too were evicted from the Danforth Building.
After listening to everyone these last couple of weeks, it became clear that ‘we just need a community center,” said Spicer. “We need to think about where and how we create a community center.”
Spicer did not talk about how she would construct and fund a center, during an interview with Source last week. The City of Framingham is facing several infrastructure issues including building a new Fuller Middle School, dealing with the lack of upkeep at the Memorial Building, and deciding what to do with the Danforth Building.
During last week’s 30-minute interview, Source and the mayor-elect talked about the historic inauguration, her transition team, her view on appointments, her plans for January 2, and what she has learned since the election in November. It was the news site’s only interview with the mayor-elect granted in December.
It was important to be visible on the south side, said Spicer. “I promised, that I would be visible, and that I would not forget them. I am making sure that people on the south side are getting their attention.”
I need to focus on some of the issues there, she said. “The need for a community center would be one of those issues.”