Later today, 15 years of talks will be realized when the Bartholomew County Senior Center Services in Columbus opens its new facility, the Mill Race Center. Mayor Fred Armstrong says the Mill Race Center, located along the White River in downtown Columbus, replaces the old senior center, which was located in a disused power plant.
“We working on this,” he says, “in 1996 so as you see it’s taken this time to get the progress to this point.”
1.6 million of the nearly eight million dollars needed to build the center were provided by the city, but Mayor Armstrong acknowledges the use of taxpayer dollars did not have full public support.
“Any time you spend money,” he says, “there’s a group that will always oppose something, but we’re all for the community. Not only for the seniors, but for the entire community it’s going to be a great facility.”
Although the center can be used by everyone in the community, Mill Race does have a specific focus on support services for seniors, including private exercise therapy rooms, assistance for those with dementia and outreach to seniors unable to leave their homes.