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December 26, 2013

$1.8 million senior center gets permit

Developers hope to have it completed during coming year

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Somerset —

Wiese noted that a conditional use permit would be a potential solution if the senior center was to be considered a government building.
“This opens many more options for Mr. Ping when determining which direction he wishes to take in planning the development as a whole, and makes the process much simpler for the county in regards to their particular parcel’s development,” wrote Wiese. “In addition, we may also be able to refund the County their costs of submitting an application for zone amendment given that the County’s parcel will be part of the larger developmental plan submitted by Mr. Ping.”
With the green light on the conditional use permit, things are progressing for the center which is expected to provide a state-of-the-art community for Pulaski County’s elderly. Bourne said that as soon as the site design is approve, the county can issue contracts for construction firm D.W. Wilburn.
Bourne added that it’s likely construction will begin in January or February.
“We’ve been waiting I guess since July,” said Bourne, who noted that it felt good to get moving on the project. “Permits take a long time to do.”
The horseshoe-shaped structure will have a common lobby with separate facilities for seniors and Alzheimer’s patients. Seniors will have a computer and resource room, a television room, rest rooms, a (warming) kitchen and multi-purpose dining area. The Alzheimer’s day care will have a kitchen, large multi-purpose room, offices, rest rooms and a quiet area.
All facilities will be accessible to the physically challenged. A walking track will wind its way through the neighborhood.
At a hearing regarding the new facility last year, Senior Center Director Kathy Grabeel said that the facility wouldn’t necessarily be for just low-income people; anyone over 60 could visit, socialize and eat.
“We’re excited to get it started and are looking forward to getting the senior citizens center and the Alzheimer’s Center a new home where they can grow and take ownership of their building,” she added. “I’m just excited to give them a new home and hope to do that in 2014.”

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