DeKalb County’s third senior center opened along Malone Drive in Chamblee on Dec. 1, bringing such activities as aerobics, arts, crafts, billiards, computers and more to residents.
“This center will serve as a welcoming gathering place where area seniors can learn new skills and participate in exciting activities,” said interim DeKalb CEO Lee May in public statement. “DeKalb’s Senior Services and Facilities Management departments worked together to open a top-notch building that the community can use for years to come.”
DeKalb County commissioners voted to complete the $5.4 million facility in April after spending $2 million of a $3.2 million budget and firing Talbot Construction, the company originally hired to build the facility in 2012.
Asurety Construction was subsequently hired to complete construction following a several-month-long halt.
According to county officials, the facility was completed using federal funds from the US Department of Housing and Community Development Block grants.
According to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), DeKalb County acquired the 1.59 acre property “to serve the needs of the aging population in the northern portion of the county.”
“The new ‘state-of-the-art senior community center will have approximately 15,000 square feet,” ARC states.
According to Allen Mitchell, director of Community Development for DeKalb County, the center is the product of a vision set years ago to fulfill the dream of late commissioner Lou Walker and the Bridge Builder Senior project.
DeKalb County’s Lifelong DeKalb committee also helped make the facility become a reality.
“The committee focuses on ensuring equitable access and optimal delivery of services to DeKalb seniors, and benefiting all residents,” states ARC. “The targeted focus is on housing and public facilities that provide older adults with a physical environment. DeKalb is an ethnically diverse, first-ring suburban jurisdiction with a significant population of long-time residents confronted with changing lifestyle needs associated with aging.”
Two other senior centers—located at 1346 McConnell Drive in Decatur and 1931 Candler Road in Decatur—were opened in DeKalb County in 2015. Both are valued at approximately $5 million and offer the same amount of square footage.
Like the other DeKalb County senior centers, the North DeKalb Senior Center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.atlantaregional.com/aging-resources/lifelong-communities/emerging-lifelong-communities/dekalb.
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