Lincoln City Council column

New Lincoln Senior Center opening here

By: Peter Gilbert
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I want to let you know about a fantastic addition to our town.

A group of dedicated residents has been working on establishing a senior center in the downtown area. Many know the location as the former teen center on H Street, which closed its doors several years ago. The building has sat empty and was in very bad condition.

After many months of planning, developing a program to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements as well as rebuilding the inside to make it more usable and accessible came the job of finding the funds to pay for the needed work. Thankfully, up stepped several service clubs, churches, developers and builders as well as a few individuals and, in a short period of time, the funds were raised. Many thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers getting folks to say yes when they were approached to donate money.

The work has started on the interior of the building, which will hopefully be finished this month. Soon, work will be started on the exterior city-approved improvements as well, followed by painting and all of the needed finishing touches that will make the building fully functional.

Plans are to open sometime in August. Seniors First will be providing a noon-time meal to any and all seniors Mondays through Fridays. Other benefits such as speakers, programs to include singers, dancers ... well, whatever the seniors of Lincoln want to see in their new home.

The city will retain ownership and management and, once all the needed plans are determined, the building will be available for other group and individuals’ uses.

Many outstanding individuals and groups are involved in various different aspects of making the facility come alive. We will certainly recognize them in the very near future. It is a prime example of what makes our town so special.

Soon, we will announce our grand opening and the entire community will be invited to our ribbon-cutting. In the meantime, if you know a senior who would like to enjoy having lunch with others, please let me know and we will put their names on our list. All this hard work and fundraising is being done by our volunteers just so our seniors have a place they can call their own.

Lincoln City Councilman Peter Gilbert can be reached at