The upcoming new year should be the one in which the Washington County Healthy Living Association begins construction on a new senior center.
Steve Miller of the WCHLA says that the fundraising efforts have been very successful and expects a ground breaking on the new center in the spring.
The new center will be on four acres of land that John and Julie Kenjura donated in August of 2011.
The 18,000 square foot center will feature places for games, classes and meals. This is a scaled down version, made to save money. The thrift shop will continue to be at the Stanpac facility and some meeting rooms were eliminated. The original cost was to have been over $ 4 million but the cost is expected now to be $3.4 million.
The Senior Center has had to make many moves in recent years. They had to move out of their most recent home, the old Brenham Elementary School at 1300 South Market to make room for the new Alton Elementary School. The new center will be at Loesch and Tom Green Street near Cubs Stadium. Miller hopes the new center would be open by the end of the next year, 2014.