Could Selinsgrove get a Community Center?
SELINSGROVE — With a new Weis Markets store coming to Selinsgrove, many wonder what will become of the current building on Broad Street. Selinsgrove Mayor Sean Christine envisions that building being turned into a community center, similar to the Middle Creek Area Community Center in Beaver Springs. Christine says the idea came about when Weis announced their plans to move across the street and build a bigger store.
Christine said, “Last winter we did an impromptu survey of downtown businesses. One thing that came up that we weren’t really expecting was the need for activities that a community center would serve. There was a perceived need to have more activities and more interested served of working aged adults.”
Christine is looking to form a Selinsgrove Community Center Board to get the process moving. He said, “The proposed business plan I put together suggests a board of about 15 members. It would be about as broad of a representation in Selinsgrove and the Selinsgrove area as we could possibly get.
Some of the ideas included in the facility would be a gymnasium, aerobics studio, fitness center, rock climbing wall, racquetball court, a game room and arcade and more. The idea would also be to include after-school programming and classes for both adults and children on a number of activities. It is not known if Weis Markets would be willing to donate the building to Selinsgrove borough once they vacate the property for their new site. (Ali Stevens)