The Glenville Senior Center will be expanding its space and services thanks to a $200,000 state grant.
The center on Worden Road will be able to accommodate more members with a new addition, which will mostly be funded by the grant.“It will allow us to do programs that we can’t have right now,” said Paula DeVries, president of Scotia-Glenville Senior Citizens, Inc. “Currently we’re a bit strapped for space in the sense that we’re limited to the number of programs we can have.”
The new space will be used for driver’s education, phone outreach to the homebound, Alzheimer’s support services and insurance and legal counseling.
This will be the first addition to the center since it opened in 1997. Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the seniors have since outgrown the space, which now has about 1,100 members and roughly 125 volunteers. The addition will allow for enhanced programming and expanded membership, he said, and would add 1,000 square feet of space to the 7,000-square-foot facility. The total cost of the project is $220,000, Koetzle said.
Koetzle contacted state Sen. Hugh Farley’s office earlier this year about securing money to help fund the project. Farley’s office last week was able to secure $200,000 through a program called the State and Municipalities Facilities Program, which is run by the state Dormitory Authority.
“We’ve been working on this for a long time and even after [Farley’s announced] retirement, he was helping us,” Koetzle said.
The timeline of the project will depend on the Dormitory Authority giving final approval for the grant. Koetzle said it could take a couple months before the authority signs off, and once that process is complete the expansion will move forward.
He said the project could theoretically break ground this autumn, and it’s an estimated six-month completion time for the addition once it’s started.
DeVries said the added space will help alleviate the issue of different classes and programs at the center fighting for space. For example, the center provides help with taxes through AARP. She said that typically takes up one room at the center for a couple months. The addition would allow other programs to continue during that time.
In addition, DeVries said a recreation room will hopefully be part of the addition, which would feature activities that might entice different types of members to join the center, including more men.
“The grant is allowing us to do something we’ve really wanted to do for several years and we could not afford to do it based on our own funds,” DeVries said. “It got us over the hump.”
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