Senior Center expansion groundbreaking scheduled

Construction on the 4,902 square foot expansion of the Woodie Fite Senior Center will begin with the official groundbreaking at 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 7th. The Public is invited to the short program on site, and afterwards for light refreshments inside the Center.

The majority of the new addition will be a multi-purpose activity room that can be used in whole or divided into smaller areas for multiple functions. Supporting facilities, such as rest rooms, mechanical/electrical/utilities, and storage complete the expansion. The expansion will be to the east of the current building, and will be connected to it via a breezeway.

Construction will be by Benchmark Tuscany, Inc., of Douglasville, who submitted the low responsive responsible bid of $543,000 for the project. The construction will be overseen by company president Kirk Boggs and project manager Kip Berry. Douglas County applied for, and received approval of, a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the project, which meets the criteria of serving low- and moderate-income persons. Construction will start immediately, and the contractor has 180 days to complete the project. Non-grant project funds have been appropriated by the Board of Commissioners from the County’s General Fund.

The building was designed by Ponder and Ponder Architects of Norcross, which will also provide construction management and quality assurance. Ponder and Ponder also designed the Dog River Library.

The Woodie Fite Senior Center opened in 2005, and offers a full schedule of programs and activities for active seniors ages 55 and above. The Center Director is Sharon Johnson, and Richard Hagan is Douglas County Senior Services Director. The Center has over 5,000 members, and membership is open to any Douglas County resident.

Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan, in announcing the groundbreaking, invited the Public “to join with us for a very happy occasion.”

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