The roof is up and crews are ready to begin outside brickwork as soon as weather improves. The building is slated to be completed and ready for business by late spring or early summer of this year, said Humphries.
“They are actually working on painting walls and some of the door stains,” Humphries said.
New or expanded facilities will include more recreation opportunities, in the form of an exercise room that any senior will be able to use, and meeting rooms that Trigg County Senior Center Director Bland hopes will attract more organizations to the senior center.
“A lot of people have some difficulty finding rooms to have their meetings,” Bland, who has been working with the senior center since the 1970s, said.
Services that the current senior center provides, such as meals, transportation, recreation, health services, adult daycare, homemaking services and legal services will be provided at the new senior center, as will various games such as bingo, said Bland, adding that the services are free, but donations are requested.
Two of the major reasons for the move, Bland said, are safety and parking.
The only parking is behind the senior center, and the sharp incline from the parking lot to the front of the building is hard for some seniors to manage, the director said.
When Bland started working at the senior center, it provided meals and had one 10-passenger bus for transportation, and it has expanded ever since.
Hopkinsville Architect Keith Sharp said the 9,000-square-foot facility is on a five-acre tract of land, and has a total cost of less than $2 million.
There will hopefully be more people to use the facilities of the new senior center, said Bland, who added that they have had fewer people coming because of construction on the new Trigg County Judicial Center.
Currently, the senior center has roughly 19 workers, most of the part-time, something that Bland said will likely stay the same, even though the new senior center will be larger.