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Senior center expansion nearing completion

July 19, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The expansion of the Greencastle Senior Activity Center is nearing completion, and the county will next consider leveling the facility's sloping parking lot.

Work began this spring on the center to the existing interior and an 1,800-square-foot addition.

The center, at 10615 Antrim Church Road, has been closed since May 1, said Kelly Livermore, assistant county administrator. Activities moved to the Greencastle Church of the Brethren, 36 S. Carlisle St., on May 1, and will continue there until the project is completed, she said.

The Franklin County Commissioners opened bids Tuesday for grading the parking lot and site improvements and will award or reject them Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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The three bids were:

  • $22,880 from Charles E. Brake Co. Inc., St. Thomas, Pa.

  • $29,500 from Fayetteville Contractors Inc., Fayetteville, Pa.

  • $23,852 from GRC General Contractor Inc., Zullinger, Pa.

    The work will level off the steep parking lot and make it more accessible to the seniors who visit the center.

    "The parking lot will be a lot safer," Commissioner Bob Thomas said.

    Part of the parking lot project will be paid for by a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Aging, and the remainder will be treated as a long-term loan by the county to the department and paid back over time, Thomas said.

    The county is preparing for the parking lot work as progress continues on the facility.

    The shell of the addition is completed, Livermore said.

    "The exterior is pretty well done. On the inside, everything is framed and drywalled, and they are painting," Livermore said.

    The project also includes upgrading the restroom facilities to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, installing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and building a new entrance.

    Livermore was not sure when the work would be completed.

    Project designers scaled down the project after the first round of bids last fall were well above the $150,000 grant.

    The 4,000-square-foot senior facility was built in 1983 and serves about 150 seniors a month. Programs include ceramics, sewing, line dancing and bridge.

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