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Tuscarora senior center due for renovations

March 18, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County, Pa., will use a state grant to upgrade the Tuscarora Senior Center with new doors, restrooms and other accommodations for the seniors that use the facility.

The Franklin County Area Agency on Aging has until June 30 to spend a $70,000 state grant on the center, which opened in the former Mercersburg (Pa.) Moose Lodge on Fort Loudon Road in October 1999.

The Tuscarora Senior Center is the newest of the county's senior facilities, but it has no natural lighting and could use an overall facelift, said Kelly Livermore, assistant county administrator.

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The renovations will include new all-glass doors to allow sunlight into the center, which has no windows, an automatic door at the main entrance, lighting improvements, ceiling fans and other work, she said.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners opened bids for the work from four contractors last Tuesday, including:

n ECI Service, Dillsburg, Pa., $41,997, with an additional $5,868 to install ceiling tiles.

n The Eagle Construction Co., Greencastle, Pa., $59,497, with $12,149 for the tiles.

n GRC General Contractors, Inc., Zullinger, Pa., $44,048, plus $6,124 for ceiling tiles.

n Lobar Associates, Dillsburg, $49,599, with $6,180 for the tiles.

The commissioners are expected to award or reject the bids at a meeting this afternoon.

Construction would be completed by the June 30 deadline, and it would not affect the center's operations, said Lynn Clinton, director of the Area Agency on Aging.

"It's a large facility. They can work around our activities and do work on evenings and weekends," she said.

The center offers educational programs, computer classes, yoga, crafts and hot lunches. It serves between 30 and 40 people on a daily basis, Clinton said.

Franklin County has used similar state grants to renovate senior centers in Fort Loudon, Greencastle, Upper Strasburg and Path Valley, said Commissioner G. Warren Elliott.

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