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Tours show brighter future ahead
April 2, 2013 - Rob Weaver
I missed the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Seneca County Agency Transportation's new facility at 3446 S. TR 151 Tuesday. That's because I was taking a tour of another building -- Allen Eiry Senior Center, 28 Hopewell Ave.
No, I'm not making plans for my retirement (not yet, anyway). The Seneca County Community Council meet at the center for a brown-bag lunch the first Tuesday of the month. Afterward, director Sue Hampshire gave an impromptu tour of the center, where renovations are to get under way this summer.
Plans call for expanding the kitchen into a commercial-grade galley, and relocating the pool hall, known as “The Man Cave.” But the remodeling also is to include removing some interior walls to open up the inside — giving members more space while congregating for tours — and adding a fitness room along the way.
If that sounds like the senior center is adapting to a more active clientele, that's because it is. Sue noted that while a majority of the members (annual cost: $25) are older than 70, the facility is working to attract more baby boomers. While many of those born after 1945 might not see retirement in the near future, empty-nesters are finding more time on their hands. Some may want to check out the facility once the renovation is complete.
I was able to take a mid-afternoon tour of the new SCAT building. I was impressed by the vehicle storage area/maintenance garage (talk about a man cave!) which will allow all SCAT vehicles to be parked indoors. I also was surprised to find a meeting room and kitchen, which is to be available for public rentals. I have perceived a need for such spaces that can be used for family reunions or club gatherings, so that should provide a boost to SCAT funding.
A year ago, some county residents were dismayed at our inability to preserve a key part of our past. Today, however, we appear to be building for the future.
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