After months of discussion, Lexington city leaders have decided on a location for a new senior citizens center. The Council voted Tuesday to construct a facility on a portion of the Idle Hour Park off Richmond road. Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton says it could be finished within two years.
"We will basically start to see what we need to do to begin preparations for building on that site. We’re gonna have to look at site work. And I’m sure our engineers are gonna want to have an engineering study done on that site. So, anyway, we’re ready to start,” said Hamilton.
Close to 15 million dollars had been budgeted for a new senior center. By building on city owned land, Hamilton says that cost may be cut in half. Money saved could help cover the cost of relocating a youth football program that currently occupies a part of the park.
The Council vote was greeted with applause from several senior citizens in attendance. One of the many seniors attending the meeting was Joe Pilla.
“Well, I like it because I know the area, and also I know it’s a lot safer than going into another area. Cause there is different ways you can get in and get out,” added Pilla.
Construction could take about 18 months. Once finished, the current senior center along Nicholasville road will be closed down.