Kendra Montana

Grove Sun

After years of effort and three location changes, the Fairland Senior Citizens Center finally celebrated its grand opening on Friday, serving up snacks to local and state officials, board members and local residents.

“This has been years in the making,” said Mary Holden, Fairland Senior Citizen Center. “We are so very excited. It took a lot of hard work to get us to this point but we are finally here!”

With State Senator Charles Wyrick and Peggy McGehee, Field Representative for Congressman Don Boren, in attendance, members of the Fairland Senior Citizen Board thanked them for coming and for all of their help in making the new facility possible.

“It simply would not have been possible without the help of Sen. Wyrick, Dan Boren’s office and Ed Crone and Grand Gateway Economic Development Agency who helped us secure $150,000 in grant monies to help build the new center,” Holden said.

The $162,000 facility was built from the ground up with the help of grant monies and private funding. The 2,800 square foot center sits of five lots and is a far cry from the former center located in an antiquated building on Highway 60.

According to Ed Crone, getting the job done was no easy task.

“We all worked very hard at seeing this project through,” Crone said. “Bill Goodman, the former Mayor of Miami and a tireless volunteer and supporter of economic development, was instrumental in getting this project going. His involvement in it is why I kept up with it. It was very difficult to place this facility, in fact this is the third location. It is the last special project that is being funded by the state legislature and we are very proud to be a part of it.”

The new facility houses exercise equipment, a large meeting space and fully equipped kitchen.

The Fairland Senior Citizens Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with meals served at noon.

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud of our new facility,” Holden said. “We want everyone to come and enjoy what we have to offer.”