Aaron Dickerson, Dave Adkins, Patrick Hollingsworth and Chad Dickerson, employees of H&H Contracting, were finishing the concrete porch of the new Olive Hill Senior Citizen Center last week.

Carter County’s senior citizens will have a new place to gather starting this spring. H and H Construction broke ground on the new, 2,550 square foot senior center in early February.

Olive Hill and Grayson worked together to make sure the county got the center.

“It’s going to be a great thing for the seniors of Olive Hill,” Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace said. “A lot of county residents go there. We’re blessed to have two centers to serve the seniors of the county.”

Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher presented Olive Hill with a check for $431,000 in August of 2007. The money came from the city’s community development block grant.

The city came up with a 20 percent match by using state funds and the old city hall property and fire department property that is on Railroad Street.

“It all looked like one building,” Linda Lowe, Olive Hill City Council member, said. “It was torn down three years ago because it was dilapidated and the city felt like it was an insurance liability.”

Olive Hill will build the new senior center in place of where city hall and the fire department used to be.

The center will not only be used for seniors. Since most senior activities are over by 2 p.m., Lowe said it is mostly open for the entire community.

“I know the Grayson senior center rents out for parties,” she said. “Grayson has a book discussion group, too, through the library. Olive Hill will do the same.”

The center also will be used for senior dinners, public meetings and conferences.

“We’ll have to see how the public wants to use it,” Lowe said. “It’s certainly going to be nice and it’s something the community needs to do for the seniors.”

The project is scheduled to be complete by late summer.

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