From empty jail cells to friendly games of pinochle; just like that, it seems, Lakeville's old police station has gone from liability to community center.
Though it officially opened a week earlier, the somewhat controversial, $1.09 million Heritage Center was ceremonially opened on Oct. 1 with a ribbon cutting.
The new home to Lakeville's Senior Center, Historical Society and Yellow Ribbon organization, the center's opening comes after a full renovation of the old police station.
What's different? That's a good question and the public is invited to see it and tour it for themselves during an open house from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14.
The Heritage Center cost roughly $1.09 million to renovate. While much of that was covered by the city's existing building funds, a $400,000 bridge loan was secured from the city's liquor fund to cover the difference. About $110,000 of that has already been raised to pay off that loan through donations and fundraising. The just $135,000 left to pay off through fundraising.
Wally Potter of the Historical Society, Doreen Machin of the Senior Center, Council Member Matt Little, Council Member Kerrin Swecker, Mayor Mark Bellows, Council Member Laurie Rieb, Council Member Colleen LaBeau, and Mike Skovran of Lakeville Yellow Ribbon, joined together for the Heritage Center ribbon cutting to celebrate its opening.