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Lexington’s new senior citizens center expected to open this fall

Lexington's new senior center in Idle Hour is nearly complete and expected to open this fall.
Lexington's new senior center in Idle Hour is nearly complete and expected to open this fall. palcala@herald-leader.com

Work on the interior of the new Lexington senior citizens center continued this week and will likely open sometime this fall. The 33,000-square-foot center will replace the roughly 17,000-square-foot center at Nicholasville Road and Alumni Drive.

The city broke ground on the new center, in Idle Hour Park directly behind Southland Christian Church’s Richmond Road campus, in October 2014. Once completed, the new center will have nearly twice the exercise and classroom space then the current center, which opened in 1983. The multi-story senior center was supposed to open in May but the opening has now been postponed until fall. A date for the opening has not yet been set, city officials said. The original cost for the building was estimated at $13 million but it will likely come in under budget, said Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city.

The building —designed by EOP Architects and built by Marillia Construction — also offers a cafe, conference rooms and a kitchen for cooking classes, which the current center does not have.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall

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