It’s coming up on a year since the City of Russelllville decided to partner with Community Action of Southern Kentucky to transform the old library building on Sixth Street into a senior center, and now work is beginning to enter into the final phases.

Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton has signed off on a council decision to award contracts to local PSK to put in a new HVAC system and Armor Fire Protection out of Hendersonville to place a sprinkler system into the structure.

“We are excited to near the completion of this project,” said Stratton, adding he is shooting for late Spring of 2018. “This is a worthwhile project which will benefit so many generations to come.”

The Logan County Public Library called the Sixth Street location home since it was built in 1967. The building was constructed with federal and state funds and a grant from the Thomas P. deGraffenried bequest to the city of Russellville designated “for the education of the people therein.” An addition to the original structure in 1974 almost doubled its size to 11,538 square feet, however, despite a renovation, the institution outgrew the location and built a new building on Armory Drive in Russellville in 2014.

Since the City of Russellville owns the property on Sixth Street, finding a tenet began immediately.

“We felt a senior center would encompass so many in our community,” said Stratton. “We have a wonderful center now, but it is small. By allowing the center to move into the building on Sixth Street, opportunities will open up for growth.”

Russellville’s current senior center is located on Hicks Street at the bottom of the hill on 9th Street. It is a small building with a big following. The seniors have outgrown their space and have been in need of a different location for some time now. The Meals on Wheels program, which feeds home-bound seniors, also runs out of the center.

The Logan County Fiscal Court saw merit in the plan and contributed $200,000 toward the project, with the City of Russellville spending approximately $180,000 plus the building.

Also to be housed in the new senior center will be the local Community Action of Southern Kentucky office, which is currently located on 4th Street in Russellville. Community Action is a nonprofit group that provides human services to residents in the Barren River area, especially those confronting issues of poverty.

“After the HVAC and sprinkler systems are put in, we will then focus on renovating the interior of the building,” said Stratton. “After completion, the city will schedule a dedication ceremony welcoming the new occupants.”

The City of Russelville will be leasing the property to Community Action of Southern Kentucky for very little as to allow for a quality of life opportunity for its aging citizens.