FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was in Florence Thursday to present city leaders with a check for a new senior center.
Gov. Beshear presented a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a new 8,700 square foot facility.
"Ensuring that seniors have adequate access to services is a priority of my administration," said Gov. Beshear. "The new center in Florence will provide much-needed assistance and resources for our seniors, as well as make those resources easier to access."
The senior center will be constructed on a 4.6 acre lot in downtown Florence. The facility will be accessible to public transportation, municipal buildings and other services. The preliminary design includes a commercial grade kitchen and service area capable of preparing 100 meals, multi-purpose rooms, a wellness room and a computer room.
The City of Florence is excited to get our Senior Center project moving," said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. "We have had input from all parties involved, including a committee of our residents who will be using the facility, and we know that this will provide a much needed asset for Florence."
There are approximately 6,667 senior citizens living in Florence.