Vacant school may be new site for senior center

Vacant school may be new site for senior center

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Senior Center is looking for a new home and the school district might have a solution.

When the Blytheville School District heard the county was looking for a new location for the senior center, they offered the vacant Fairview Charter School building to the county.

The current senior center is expensive and the county wants a new location to better serve its seniors.

"Right now, the expense for running the facility where we are renting now costs a lot of money," Terri Brassfield said. "We are hoping to better the funding for that project and also to grow the senior center so that we have more seniors involved."

Mississippi County Quorum Court members have toured the school building.

The school spent around $1 million on the building, but some renovations will still be needed since it has been vacant for 3 years.

Brassfield said grant money may be more useful to renovate the old structure instead of building new.

"We have a great senior center staff and I would like to say it is one of the best kept secrets here in Blytheville, Arkansas," Brassfield said.

The next step is to bring in an architect to make sure the old school building is the right size. Once the county hears back from the architect the court will decide whether to obtain the building or not.

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