Old center site has been sold
The last meal at the venerable Senior Citizens Center on Erie Street was served Friday, and the conversation over dinner was abuzz with anticipation for the new center, located at the Sunrise Pointe Golf Course's clubhouse.
"There were people who were excited, some who didn't like the change and others who will wait and see," said Marvin Molitor, a member of the committee overseeing the Senior Center. "We had about 25-30 people there for the last meal."
Moving into the freshly expanded and renovated building started early Friday morning and will be completed on Monday, just in time for the seniors first Dinner Date meal.
"The city came in and help us move the majority of the stuff.
Some things were left for a group that comes in and plays cards and we will get the rest moved over Sunday or Monday," Molitor said.
City Administrator Patti Moore was helping move some things and clean items in the new center.
"The new place will allow the senior citizens to have a beautiful view of the lake, golf course and the lodge," Moore said. "They have a deck that will be perfect to enjoy card playing, something that wasn't an option in their old location."
The remodeling also included a remodeling of the pro shop as well. Removal of the darker paneling had lightened up the shop, as Diane Peterson, manager of the clubhouse, was pleased to see. There is work more setting up work needed to be done.
"It is beautiful and there is just a wonderful view and the new deck will be great during the summer," Peterson said.
Molitor stated the new location was going to be an improvement for parking as well.
"There wasn't much available for parking but we will have plenty of spaces available as of next week," Molitor said.
Moore said that the north parking lot of the club house will be restricted to the seniors during the weekdays. The facility is disability-accessible.
The new location for the Senior Citizens Center was part of the AWAYSIS Project.
"The city made an offer that the board felt they couldn't refuse," Molitor said. "The old building was getting costly and we weren't bringing in a lot of money and the new deal with the city will help keep the cost down."
The city also assisted with the installation of the commercial grade dishwasher from the old building into the new location. The dishwasher was fairly new and also saved money in having to purchase a machine. The club house was also expanded to allow more storage and an office for the center.
The old location on Erie Street has been sold and Molitor said the building had to be turned over by the 30th of the month.
"The building sold right away and after everything is cleared and cleaned up, then we will be ready to turn the building over to the buyer," Molitor said.