Florence senior center ready to open

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - Florence is ready to open the doors for a new senior center built with suggestions from the people who will use it, but it hasn't been without its share of controversy.

The Florence Senior Activity Center, scheduled to open Monday, cost $2.9 million, $1 million more than estimated and budgeted.

The Kentucky Enquirer says scaling back didn't achieve the anticipated savings, but the city decided to go ahead with the project anyway.

The 8,700-square-foot facility includes a reading room, exercise room, computer room, commercial kitchen and large patio as well as a wellness room for first aid and other uses, such as giving flu shots. Local seniors were recruited for ideas on what to include.

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, a nonprofit organization in Covington, will manage the facility.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)