2017-10-14 / Community Life

Emporium Senior Center may relocate


Emporium Senior Center members have called the South Maple Street facility home for the past 31 years, but the 127-yearold building is starting to show its age. Leaders are looking into the possibility of relocating and seeking financial support. Emporium Senior Center members have called the South Maple Street facility home for the past 31 years, but the 127-yearold building is starting to show its age. Leaders are looking into the possibility of relocating and seeking financial support. Leaders of the Emporium Senior Center are looking for new digs.

Officers Ken Ostrum, Mary Kay McLean and Mary Hornung, along with maintenance supervisor Sam Smith, met with the Cameron County Commissioners and Community Development Director Cliff Clark to discuss financial options.

An application for $25,000 from the county’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for remodeling the senior center’s kitchen has received preliminary approval from the commissioners.

Center leaders discussed their options for shifting the allotment to help cover the move from the current facility on South Maple Street to another location.

“The center has to raise money to pay its own bills -- we don’t receive any state money -- so we’d need help to make this happen” said McLean. “If we’re able to put this money towards a new center, we’d like to find an existing building, and preferably one with its own parking area.”

The current center was built in 1890 and served as a labor union meeting hall when Sylvania was in its heyday. It became the senior center in 1986. Despite more than $100,000 in maintenance work, time is taking its toll on the Maple Street building.

Shifting the CDBG funds to a new building would help make the relocation more feasible, although the center will need additional funding for furniture, kitchen appliances and renovations

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