Photo by Chris Cooper Logan's new Senior Center to open first of the year.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Logan's new Senior Center to open first of the year.

The new senior center located on Sixth Street in Russellville is expected to swing open its doors the first of the year as the city recently hired a contractor to renovate the inside of the building. C&C Contracting will begin work on numerous areas inside the structure that once held the public library.

"Renovation is the last step," said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton.

It was thought the center would open this summer, however, plans were pushed back a bit when weather and bringing in a new line for the sprinkler system delayed the process.

The city announced its plans to turn the old library building into a senior center in September 2016. So far the roof has undergone repair, a new HVAC system has been installed, a larger water line has been brought in and a sprinkler system has been added.

Also occupying the building will be Community Action of Southern Kentucky, a nonprofit group providing human services to residents in the Barren River area, especially those confronting issues of poverty. Community Action is currently housed on East Fourth Street in Russellville.

"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 city owns the building that was constructed with federal and state funds and a grant from the Thomas P. deGraffenried bequest to the city of Russellville designated "for the education of the people therein." The original structure built in the 1960's almost doubled in size in 1974 to accommodate the library needs.

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."