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Public Buildings Department
The mission of Newton’s Public Buildings Department is to maintain and improve City buildings to provide safe, accessible, and sustainable facilities that appropriately support City departments, programs and services for residents and visitors. The department is responsible for approximately 2.6 million square feet of space in 78 municipal and school buildings.
(For information regarding building permits or zoning issues, please see Inspectional Services.)
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has taken the first steps in addressing the facility needs of Newton’s seniors. She is establishing a Working Group to determine the range of core programs needed to provide comprehensive services, as well as the type of facility the City will ultimately need.
One of the central questions to be addressed is whether plans should be for a new or renovated facility primarily for seniors, or an intergenerational community center. The Working Group will be collaborating with members of many departments -- Senior Services, Parks and Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Planning, and Public Buildings to make sure the City is taking a holistic approach to addressing this important community need, and considering all options. The City Council will also be involved.
In addition to the Working Group, two other groups are forming:
All Newton residents interested in serving on the Senior and Community Facilities Building Committee or Design Review Committee are invited to complete an online application (a Survey Monkey form) by clicking the link below:
Applications must be completed on or before Friday, March 30th to be considered. Applicants should be willing to commit to monthly meetings throughout for the next 18 to 24 months.