Pulaski County Senior Citizens Center on South Maple Street will move Friday, March 20 to the new center complex on University Drive, according to Cathe Haynes, director of the center.
“We’ll start serving meals (at the new location) at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23,” Haynes said.
The $1.7 million Senior Citizens and Alzheimer’s Center was dedicated December 19 and currently is operating with a temporary occupancy permit issued by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (HBC), the agency that enforces standards for building construction. Alzheimer clients are already using the building.
The exact status of a permanent occupancy permit is not clear. The next scheduled meeting of HBC is May 21, and officials would not comment about permanent occupancy without an open records request.
“We’re really excited about getting to move into the new center,” said Haynes. “The facility is beautiful. It is three times as large as the current space in the former Dunbar School building on South Maple Street,” she added. The Dunbar school property is owned by the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, a 10-county, private, non-profit agency to serve low-income population. Nobody in the organization was available for comment about future use of the property.
Haynes said the new facility has a computer room, television room, conference room, office space and a fully equipped kitchen.
The center serves an average of 65 meals a day, including seniors and Alzheimer clients as well as Meals on Wheels (lunches delivered to about 20 clients each day). The meals, meeting USDA nutrition guidelines, are free but there is a suggested donation of $2, Haynes noted. “Seniors come and go,” she said. “Overall, we serve about 120,” she noted.
“It is something like no other community in the state has,” remarked State Representative Tommy Turner, principal speaker at the dedicatory ceremony. Purpose of the project is to provide a safe and secure facility dedicated solely to serve 14,347 senior citizens in Pulaski County
The city and county paid $265,000 for the senior citizens complex site, location of the former People’s Tobacco Warehouse.
Pulaski County owns Pulaski County Senior Citizens and Alzheimer’s Center. Operational funding comes from state and federal sources and is administered by the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.