Construction is well underway on our new 6,000 sq. ft. ADA compliant senior center building here in Fair Grove MO. We were at the mercy of the weather for some time, but now that the floor has been poured things are moving along nicely.
Here are some recent milestones we have reached:
Roof is complete
Siding is complete except for front of building
Sheetrock is up in all rooms and taping and sanding is nearing completion
Except for kitchen, wiring is complete
HVAC ductwork is complete–waiting on heat pumps
Parking lot is paved
Click here to see slide show of construction pictures
Despite the fact that the low bid for the building came in $64,000 higher than the original estimate, we were able to put together enough money to construct the building itself. We will be eternally grateful to Greene County’s Senior Citizens’ Services Fund, Missouri’s Neighborhood Assistance Program, and the Federal Community Development Block Grant program for providing the bulk of the funding. SeniorAge AAA has been helpful with food grants. SeniorAge has located a walk-in refrigerator/freezer for our building and is making a list of kitchen equipment they will provide.
Unanticipated costs have crept into the project. Difficulties with the sewer line placement added $10,000 to the price tag. A water meter and propane gas tank added on more dollars. The money we raised was only allocated to the building, so all external items are costs we must somehow cover. We made some changes to the building design to reduce its cost so funds could be shifted to help cover items required outside the building.
We have applied for additional grants, but there is no guarantee these will pan out and even if they do, we are far short of being fully funded. Drive by the site and watch the building rise, then consider donating to our building fund. Remember, this building will be available during evenings and on weekends for community events. Click here to visit our donations page.