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Senior centers getting upgrades

November 16, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of Franklin County's seven senior activity centers will be getting a facelift in 1999, while another has been approved for funding for new equipment.

According to Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott, the senior center in Upper Strasburg, Pa., will get $79,280 for new equipment and renovations from the Pennsylvania Senior Community Center Capital Assistance Program. The renovations, however, will require the center, a former elementary school at 1008 Community Road, to close temporarily.

"Our intent is to look for an alternative site. The center will have to shut down during the renovations," Elliott said. He said the Area Agency on Aging has no decision on a temporary site for the center.

Elliott said the center serves about 60 senior citizens in the Upper Strasburg area. About 20 meals a day are served at the center, and a few more are delivered to homes.

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Work at the center will include making the restrooms and kitchen area accessible to those with disabilities. In the dining area, improvements will be made to the ceiling, floors, walls and lighting system.

"We feel it's important to maintain senior centers in rural areas," Elliott said of the Upper Strasburg project.

Elliott said the county will advertise for bids in January and he expects work to begin in late winter or early spring.

"It's hard to estimate the amount of time the center will be closed, because there are some structural issues," he said.

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