After several years of planning, several senior citizens are still asking when construction will begin on Bibb County's new Senior Citizen Center. One of those, Robert Curry Junior, spoke up at Tuesday's county commission meeting about the pressing need for a new center. Curry gave us a tour of the current senior center.
“Mold or whatever we have here,” says Curry describing the floors in the center. Curry says there are serious health problems at the Macon Bibb County Senior Citizen Center.
“This leakage in here like this,” says Curry. The same leakage that we saw when we went to the center back in early 2014. Curry says there are not only health issues.
“They need adequate chairs,” says Curry. Curry and other senior citizens say these issues make them extra eager to see some work at the site of the new senior center in Central City Park.
“Hopefully,before year-end, we'll be having a groundbreaking for the senior citizen center,” says Director of Bibb County Parks and Recreation, Reggie Moore. He says they will have a final plan of the $2.3 million project within thirty to sixty days.
“It will have meeting space, it will have a warming kitchen, it will have different activity rooms,” says Moore. He says once they have the plan, they can accept bids from contractors to build the 10,000-square foot center.
“We found that there was a utility line, so we had to shift the building some,” says Moore. He says the delays are partly due to picking the site of the future center, and partly due to some other problems, like finding that pipeline and a Georgia Power easement on the site.
For now, Curry says he will believe it when he sees it. “Actions speak louder than words, and what we have is what you see,” says Curry.
The center will be located at the old driver’s license office in Central City Park.
Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ