Decision made to ‘repair and improve’ existing senior center buildings

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
A thermometer to show progress in fundraising for repairs and improvements to the Concordia Senior Center buildings, located at 706 and 710 S. Main St. in Concordia, has been placed on the front of center.
Bob Stewart/The Concordian

At a July 30 meeting, the building board of the Concordia Senior Center (Concordia Senior Citizens Inc.) unanimously voted to “repair and improve” the existing senior center buildings, located at 706 and 710 S. Main St. in Concordia.
CSCI president Vernon Ohrenberg said the decision was a reflection of responses the group received after a recent open forum where options for the future of the Concordia Senior Center were discussed.
“The decision is directly related to the responses to the recent open forum held on July 12,” he said. “Eighty percent of the survey respondents said they want the senior center to remain downtown, and that the existing buildings be ‘repaired and improved.’”
CSCI stated the cost of repairs to the roofs of the buildings would be $28,500, with related miscellaneous work to cost about $2,100. Estimated costs for remodeling the exterior front wall, awning and entrance ramp of the 706 S. Main St. (north) building is $11,600.
“The total projected cost is $42,250,” Ohrenberg said. “CSCI has $10,000 of our checking/savings designated for this capital improvement project. We will be asking individuals and businesses in the Concordia community for much needed donations to complete the work.”
Ohrenberg also stated if the funds are not raised, the roof leaks will continue and the front wall of the 706 S. Main St. building will deteriorate even more. For now, repairs on the roof are expected to occur in October.
All donations should be made to Concordia Senior Citizens Inc., and delivered or mailed to 710 S. Main St., Concordia, MO 64020. A “fundraising thermometer/gauge” will be located on the front of the Concordia Senior Center to show funding progress.

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