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Suggested guidelines for new senior center

December 15, 2012

Pending the sale to Washington County, the former U.S. Army Reserve property in the city of Hagerstown has emerged as the likely site of a new countywide senior citizens’ center.

On Friday, the Washington County Commission on Aging’s property committee submitted a letter to the county commissioners with a five-page list of suggested guidelines to be considered when the 4.6-acre property’s main building is renovated into a senior center that the county has planned to build for years.

Bill Beard, chairman of the property committee, supplied The Herald-Mail with the list of guidelines, which covers 26 potential uses for various areas of the 19,000-square-foot facility.

Among other things, the list calls for computerized check-in in the main entry area, administrative offices for center staff and a multiuse room for dance, aerobics, walking, assemblies and more.

More suggested guidelines include:

  • A dining room with seating for 75 to 100 people, a four-burner gas stove, refrigerators and freezers available for on-site catering.
  • Small interview rooms.
  • An exercise room with 14 to 15 machines, video monitors and emergency help buttons.
  • A craft/painting room with cabinets, counters and two sinks.
  • A computer room with eight work stations.
  • A ceramics/woodshop with various machines, like a jigsaw, drill press and table saw.
  • A conference room.
  • A room for games or classes.
  • A health room.
  • A kiln room with two kilns and shelving; would open to the ceramics room.
  • A billiards room.
  • A general classroom with six tables, with four chairs each.
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • A special-needs room with a toilet.
  • A washer and dryer room.
  • Men’s and women’s restrooms, near entry, dining and other activity areas.
  • Support spaces, including corridors, closets, mechanical and electrical rooms, and a vending area.
  • Systems and specialties, like sprinkler and security systems with cameras, wi-fi and cable (hard-wired), televisions on carts, drop-down movie screens and projectors.
  • Various pieces of furniture, made of vinyl/plastic.
  • Outside activities, including vehicle drop-off area, picnic tables, walking path, benches, horseshoes, bocce ball and shuffleboard.
  • Parking, per ordinance.
  • Other things for general consideration, including interior acoustics, adequate natural and artificial light, landscaping and potential future expansion.

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