Photo by Chris Cooper New Senior Center in Russellville

Photo by Chris Cooper

New Senior Center in Russellville

A few snags are holding up the opening of the new senior center on 6th Street in Russellville. According to the city's mayor, a completion date is now up in the air.

The center, which was scheduled to open last year and again early this summer, is pretty much ready. However, the date keeps getting pushed back.

"We are waiting on an inspection from the State Fire Marshal per Community Action," said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. "We thought the project was a go for the first of July, but now there are a few loose ends to tie up before it can open."

Logan County's office of Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc. will be moving into a portion of the center. The agency provides human services in Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren counties. The agency runs at least one Senior Center in every county in its 10-county area. Senior Center Managers plan and oversee activities designed to aid in the social and nutritional well-being of older community members.

Stratton said, for the most part, the center is done. The parking lot has been resurfaced and lines painted. The inside of the structure is very nice and will offer a lot more room for growth.

"It's been a lengthy project for sure," said Stratton. "But we are now starting to get close to the finish line and we are extremely excited."

The new senior center is located on Sixth Street in Russellville in the building that once housed the public library. The city announced its plans to turn the old library building into a senior center in September 2016. Some of the renovations

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include roof repair, a new HVAC system, a larger water line, a sprinkler system, and ADA compliant restrooms.

The City of Russellville owns the building that was constructed with federal and state funds and a grant from the Thomas P. deGraffenried bequest designated "for the education of the people therein."

When the library moved to its new location on Armory Drive leaving the building vacant, city officials, along with county support, believed the space could benefit many of the older population for decades to come. The county fiscal court contributed $200,000 towards the project.

"This center will prove to be a wonderful place for many in our community," said Stratton adding, "It builds upon our future."