Commonwealth Journal

May 15, 2014

Pulaski senior citizens center on schedule; should be completed in January

by Bill Mardis
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Framework is up for the new Pulaski County Senior Citizens and Alzheimer’s Center off University Drive and “ ... we hope to have it completed by January,” said Tiffany Bourne, community development director for Pulaski County.

“Everything is going as planned,” Bourne said. “There have been a few minor changes, but nothing significant,” she added.

The state-of-the-art complex will replace the existing Senior-Alzheimer’s Center in the renovated former Dunbar School building on South Maple Street. The new facility will have nearly 10,000 square feet of space.

The city and county paid $265,000 for the senior citizens complex site where Peoples Tobacco Warehouse once stood. Pulaski Fiscal Court will oversee development of the project and the county will own the completed facility. Operational funding will come from state and federal sources and will be administered by the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.

D.W. Wilburn Inc. is general contractor for the project and has 12 months to complete the center. The construction contract amount is $1,715,500.

Money to build the center comes from a $141,030 line item grant in Kentucky House Bill 265 (FY 12); $75,260 line item grant in House Bill 255 (FY 14); and a $1.5 million loan from the Kentucky Association of Counties.

Purpose of the project is to provide a safe and secure facility dedicated solely to serve 14,347 senior citizens in Pulaski County, officials said.

“It will be something like no other community in the state has,” remarked State Rep. Tommy Turner who was instrumental in putting together a funding package for the project.

“We’re really excited about the center,” said Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock. “It needs to happen ... it will be a great addition to this part of town. Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler was among several other dignitaries who lauded the project during groundbreaking ceremonies in February.

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