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RMV could move back to town 'by July'

Choice of Senior Center has foes, proponents

March 24, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — According to State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, the proposal to move the Registry of Motor Vehicles to downtown is essentially in Southbridge's lap now. But several observers are concerned about the traffic impact around the Casaubon Senior Center, the most likely new site.

"If the town approves going to the Senior Center, it could possibly take place by July," Alicea said Wednesday. "… Once it's approved, it'd be a quick action."

Alicea said Casaubon is "a little bigger than the Charlton site," already has parking and handicapped access, but would need a counter, some wiring work and janitorial service. It won't initially provide all of the services the Big Bunny site once had, but he said there might be a chance for expansion when the economy improves. Right now, the Registry is willing to pay only for utilities, but he said it might also pay rent in the future.

To the town, the biggest potential risk of the move is its impact on traffic, but that's both positive and negative depending on one's viewpoint.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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