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Loretto receives half-million dollar grant for senior center

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By The Staff

The City of Loretto has received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to renovate a former nursing home to serve as a senior center. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grant Wednesday morning.

At this time, Loretto seniors meet for activities in an old gymnasium, and they are sometimes displaced due to other community activities. With the grant the city will be able to renovate the 5,000-square-foot former nursing home to become a permanent center for senior citizens.

The proposed renovations include a multi-purpose room, a fitness area, kitchen and and learning space with a library and computers. When finished, the center could offer educational program, health and nutritional services, exercise classes and community activities.

The center will also meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said this is an example of state and local governments working with private individuals, like Dr. Salem George, to improve their community.

 State Rep. Terry Mills added the he appreciated the cooperation among the individuals and government agencies to move this project forward.