Work on old library to begin in December

By Chris Cooper -

It looks like sometime in December the City of Russellville will be bidding out parts of the renovation project on the old library, which is to become the new senior center. The city announced plans to turn the building that once held the pubic library into the senior center in September. The city is partnering with the county on the project.

“Right now we are going over the lease,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “Hopefully sometime in December we will be putting projects out for bid. We will be purchasing a HVAC system and be putting in a sprinkler system as well.”

Stratton said most of the work outside the structure has been completed. They are looking into additional parking areas to help with the flow of traffic.

“We are planning on doing a lot of the work ourselves to save money,” said the mayor. “If all goes as planned we are looking at sometime in late spring for a grand opening.”

This is a project the city has been looking into for some time. When the library moved to a new building on Armory Drive in Russellville in 2014, the mayor began thinking of what could go in the vacated structure. Since the city owns the property, ideas began leaning in the direction of a senior center.

“This will be a perfect place for the senior center. It will allow for growth and for additional opportunities,” said Stratton.

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 has agreed to contribute $200,000 towards the project, with the City of Russellville spending approximately $180,000 plus the building.

The library began operating on 6th Street August of 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.

Also to be housed in the new senior center will be Community Action of Southern Kentucky, which is currently located on 4th Street in Russellville. Community Action serves those in need of heating assistance.

By Chris Cooper

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