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Ground broken for new Senior Citizens Center

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The new Slaton Senior Citizens Center took a step closer to becoming reality when ground was broken on the building Feb. 12.

Representatives of the City, State and Senior Citizens Center conducted a ceremonial ground breaking ceremony Thursday (Feb. 22) where the new building will be.

Mayor Clif Shaw thanked those who attended. 

“I am thrilled to be here today as we mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our community with the groundbreaking of our new Senior Citizens Center,” he said. “This project represents a significant milestone in our commitment to supporting and honoring our seniors.

“Our seniors are the pillars of our community, embodying wisdom and experience. They have contributed so much of the fabric of our City and it’s only fitting that we provide them with a space where they can thrive, connect and continue to enrich our community.”

Nita Williams, director of the Slaton Senior Citizens Center, said she was excited construction has finally started.

“The grant was applied for in November 2021, approved in early 2022, then we waited and waited until the contract was awarded in the fall of 2023.  We had just about lost hope of construction ever starting,” she said.

That said, Williams added the new building will be a “definite upgrade” from the current one. 

“The current building had some safety concerns and was at the end of its life,” she said of the center.

The improvements will help with the comfort of seniors as well as those who are part of the Meals on Wheels program.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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