Friday’s ceremonial groundbreaking for the Flower Mound Senior Center has been decades in coming.
Past presidents of the Seniors in Motion Advisory Board (pictured), Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden, councilwoman Jean Levenick, and everyone who played a significant role in the process braved the blustery weather to mark the milestone.
“We’re really excited this project is finally happening for the seniors,” said Levenick. “This would not have been possible without everyone’s involvement, working toward a common goal.”
During the February 17 Town Council meeting, council members approved a measure selecting Steel Freeman, Inc. as the contractor for the project. Construction is set to begin as soon as possible.
The new senior center will be located at the southwest corner of West Windsor and FM 2499 and is scheduled for completion late winter 2015. It will include a full-size commercial kitchen, large ballroom with a stage, plus many rooms for fitness, educational programming, arts and crafts and computer access.
Adjacent to a town park, seniors will be able to play a game of bocce ball or horseshoes and take advantage of the multi-use trails, as well as the outdoor patio.
“It’s great this project is taking the next step,” said Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden. “This new senior center will be a great building, serving our seniors’ needs for many years to come.”
The project was made possible through the utilization of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 (TIRZ) funding, approved by the TIRZ Board in December 2013.
“I’d especially like to recognize Assistant Town Manager/Chief Financial Officer Debra Wallace, who was instrumental in moving this project forward,” added Levenick. “The new senior center will be a source of pride for the town and our growing senior population.”