LACEY SENIOR CENTER PROJECT RECEIVES $1 MILLION FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT
LACEY, WA, June 10, 2011: The City of Lacey has been awarded $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for major expansion of its senior center facility. The building, which opened at its current location in Woodland Creek Community Park in 2003, has experienced dramatic increases in demand — from 257 senior users less than a decade ago to nearly 1,700 patrons today.
“We are very appreciative that Lacey will be receiving Community Development Block Grant funding for this critical project,” said Lacey Mayor Tom Nelson. “The block grant program is an essential resource for many Washington cities, and has been a major component in addressing infrastructure and service requirements within our community.”
The project will nearly double the size of the current 5,000-square-foot facility, increasing capacity of the kitchen, dining and multi-purpose rooms, and add space for senior health, education and other services.
The recent award marks the seventh time Lacey has benefited from the block grant program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered locally by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Prior projects included construction of the existing senior center, the Lacey Child Care Center, and several low-income housing rehabilitation and preservation projects.
CDBG grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. This year, forty-three cities, towns and counties from across the state requested more than $31 million in project funding. Eighteen projects were selected, totaling $13 million.
For more information on the expansion of the senior center facility, please contact Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, at (360) 491-3214. To learn more about Lacey Senior Center programs and services, call (360) 407-3967 or visit the center at 6757 Pacific Ave SE.
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- Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, (360) 491-3214, email@example.com