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Rowan County gets a new senior citizen center

Samantha Morrill

Rowan County will be building its first dedicated Senior Center building at 740 Clearfield Street in Morehead. Officials said the center will provide seniors a place to gather, deliver social outreach services, offer information for independent living, and more.

Gateway Area Development District coordinates programs for area seniors. Rowan County Judge Executive Harry Clark said Gateway has been making use of a multi-use facility for most of their services.

“They’ve used whatever was available to them. We’ve outgrown that now and it was never really dedicated for a senior center so we decided that we would use some of our ARPA money to fund a senior citizen center that was dedicated strictly for the seniors,” said Clark.

Gateway A.D.D. will continue coordinating senior programs in the new facility. The roughly 6,000 square-foot center will be able to hold up to 100 people.

“This will be an opportunity for them to be able to get together and give back to the community. They do some things that help the community, and this will be just an excellent facility for them to have available. It’s really interaction with seniors and the ability for them to congregate and socialize,” said Clark.

The county fiscal court bought the property for the senior center last year. It’s located next to the new ambulance service building of U.S. 60 in Morehead. Clark said construction bids will go out in the next few weeks. The Rowan Judge Executive added that he hopes the senior center will be built by fall next year.