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County looking to move Chambersburg senior center

August 26, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Senior Activities Center will move to a new location early next year, but that does not appear to bother some of the regulars.

"I can't wait ... we don't have enough room," Kathryn Jones of Fayetteville, Pa., said between hands of 500.

"We have more activities than we have space for," said Marie Cook of Chambersburg.

"Our line dancing has outgrown the senior center, we have to use the conference room," said Area Agency on Aging Director Traci Kline, whose office is also in the Franklin County Administrative Annex at 218 N. Second St.

The county wants the space for the future relocation of other administrative offices, Kelly Livermore, the assistant county administrator, said.

In addition to the Area Agency on Aging and the senior center, the building also houses the offices of the county Planning Department, Domestic Relations, Fiscal Department, Controller and District Justice Gary Carter, Livermore said.

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The Area Agency on Aging, Domestic Relations and district justice offices also will be relocated eventually, Livermore said. Aging and domestic relations probably will move to Franklin Farm Lane, where the county has most of its other human service agencies, but the timing for those moves has not been set, she said.

The Board of County Commissioners, Risk Management and Management Information Systems offices, now in leased space on North Main Street, eventually will move to the administrative annex, but that lease has more than two years left on it, Livermore said.

The county's Human Resources Department likely will be the first administrative department to move to the annex once some renovations are completed, Livermore said.

Kline said 11 parties have contacted her agency about the senior center's relocation to rented space in a new or existing building and four of those attended a meeting with county officials on Monday. The request for proposals states the county needs approximately 6,400 square feet, or space about equal to the size of the existing center.

The building also must be handicapped accessible and have kitchen and bathroom facilities, Kline said. The main room must be large enough for a variety of social functions, with space and connections for up to six computers, the specifications state.

The center has been in the annex for about 10 years and, according to Kline, the specifications call for a 10-year lease at the new site.

An average of 70 seniors use the center each day, Kline said. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and lunch is served daily. Because most of the seniors drive to the center, Kline said a maximum of 50 parking spaces will be needed.

During Monday's Chambersburg Borough Council meeting, Councilman Robert Wareham suggested the Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center on South Third Street as a possible site for the center.

The deadline for the county to receive proposals is Sept. 13, Livermore said.

Eight senior activity centers operate in communities around the county, according to Kline.

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