North Charleston gets grant for $2M senior center

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- North Charleston got a little help from the lieutenant governor's office in building the city's new senior center.

The city wants to build the new Dorchester Road Senior Center adjacent to Fire Station 5 on land donated by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission.

The projects budget has been set at $2 million, officials said Thursday.

When it opens, officials anticipate the center will offer water aerobics, exercise classes, education workshops, as well as a host of other recreational and social activities.

"Over the past few years, the City has made a concerted effort to increase quality of life amenities for all of our residents through the establishment and renovation of many of our athletic and community center facilities," said North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey.

"While most of these facilities primarily benefit our youth, the establishment of a senior center focuses solely on our residents in their golden years. At a dedicated senior center, we can design and offer programming specific to the well-being of our geriatric population."

The grant awarded to North Charleston is part of the state's Senior Center Permanent Improvement Program. The funds have to be used for construction projects, not for preplanning, engineering, or land buys.

"The senior citizens of South Carolina are a vital concern to me. These Permanent Improvement Program funds are provided so that seniors will have a safe and comfortable setting where they can receive much-needed services while interacting socially with other seniors and local citizens," said Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell in the grant award letter.

"A vibrant and active senior center should be an intergenerational focal point of the aging community in your area. It is our goal that the services and activities provided by your center will enhance the lives of the elderly in your area and assist them in remaining in their homes for as long as possible."