Anticipated to open at fairgrounds by fall
ROME TOWNSHIP — “Let’s seize a shovel and let the constructing start,” Lawrence County Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr. stated to the group gathered on the Lawrence County Fairgrounds on Thursday.
A groundbreaking was going down for the brand new Lawrence County Senior Heart, to be positioned behind the grandstand alongside County Street 107.
It was a long-awaited day for seniors within the county’s japanese finish. Funding for the brand new heart was first secured in 2018 from the state legislature.
Nonetheless, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, motion on the challenge had been held up longer than anticipated.
“Good issues come to those that wait,” Lawrence County Fee president DeAnna Holliday stated. “And this has been a very long time within the making.”
The middle will function the brand new house for the Sybene-Chesapeake Senior Heart, presently positioned in a modular unit subsequent to the Chesapeake Group Heart.
Holliday stated, upon being elected commissioner, one of many first issues she heard from Hayes was about his work with seniors at that heart and the necessity for a brand new area.
“So everybody jumped on board and joined his efforts,” she stated.
Holliday credited former State Rep. Ryan Smith, who represented the county on the time, for securing the funding, in addition to his successor, Jason Stephens, for maintaining issues transferring.
Holliday stated the constructing might be multifunctional and can be utilized throughout the honest, as nicely by Ohio College, who will provide lessons there.
The college served because the monetary agent in administering the funding for the challenge.
“So it’s protecting quite a lot of floor,” Holliday stated. “And it’ll present how vital our seniors are, not simply to me and the fee, however the folks of Lawrence County. It is a massive alternative to point out the love you may have within the county.”
Commissioner Colton Copley, the latest member of the fee, credited his fellow commissioners for his or her work on the challenge.
“And I’m proud to be right here at this time and proud to be part of this constructing,” he stated. “The 2 commissioners actually performed an vital position in securing this from the very starting. I respect how passionate they’re about our seniors.”
Hayes concluded the fee’s remarks by additionally crediting commissioner Invoice Pratt, who died in 2018.
“He was a giant a part of this and an excellent pal and I don’t wish to neglect him,” Hayes stated.
Stephanie Burcham, coordinator of outreach actions for Ohio College’s Proctorville Heart, stated she was wanting ahead to what the middle would deliver to the world.
“I can’t think about all of the fantastic issues which are going to occur right here,” she stated. “It’s with nice delight that we’re part of this.”
She additionally pointed to the middle’s location, conveniently throughout the street from the Wyngate at RiversEdge senior dwelling group and the Proctor’s Touchdown senior flats.
Darlene Inexperienced, director of the Sybene-Chesapeake Heart, stated her members had been excited that the massive day had come they usually had been wanting ahead to transferring into the middle by November.
“Oh, it’s improbable,” she stated, noting that the brand new constructing will seat 200 folks and be a lot bigger than their present location.
Inexperienced stated this may enable for extra actions, similar to internet hosting a senior choir, providing line dancing lessons, crafts and would supply a house for his or her month-to-month group luncheons.