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      New activity center in the works for West Ashley seniors

      By Tessa Spencertspencer@abcnews4.com

      CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV)- West Ashley residents who are living their golden years will soon have a center to call their own.

      For almost three years, Charleston County Council member Colleen Condon and City Council member Aubrey Alexander have met with West Ashley seniors regularly to talk about their needs.

      Alexander says senior citizens are "looking for a center that's for them, about activities for them, educational{}and recreational opportunities."

      They found that currently, activities are limited and seniors need their own facility. How much would that facility cost?

      "We're looking at about three to five million. We haven't gotten to the point at this time to hiring architects and deciding how large the building is although in our surveys that we're taking a couple of years ago we found that the James Island center was way to small," said Alexander. "It's already outgrown its activity area."

      If all goes well, Alexander projects that there will be a center by late 2013. No word on where the building will be, but members of the West Ashley Senior Search Committee say they need at least 15 to 20 thousand square feet.

      For a preview of what senior residents can expect at future their center, there will be a free event at Charles Towne Landing today from 4p-7p.

      "Up,Up and Away" will feature zumba, card games, yoga, The West Ashley Area Mass Choir and more.

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