The groundbreaking for Fayette County's new 33,000 square feet senior citizens center will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 13 at Idle Hour Park, the city announced this week.
On Thursday, the Urban County Council unanimously approved a more than $8.8 million design and construction contract to Marrillia Design and Construction for the new senior center. The facility will be more than double the size of the current senior center on Nicholasville Road.
The total cost of the new senior citizens center is $11 million, approximately $2 million less than the $13 million originally thought necessary to build the new building on city-owned land. That's partly because bids for construction came in slightly lower than expected, city officials said.
The new facility is expected to open by late winter or spring of 2015. It will have twice the space as the Nicholasville Road center, which was built in 1983.
The facility will be located near the intersection of New Circle and Richmond roads in Idle Hour Park. The park is located behind Southland Christian Church's new Richmond Road campus.
Fayette County residents 60 years and older and their spouses are eligible to use the senior center.