Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The City of Olive Hill will get a new senior citizens’ center with the help of a $431,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded by Governor Ernie Fletcher today.

 “As our population gets older, it’s critical to have a place and opportunity for our seniors to stay active and lead healthy lifestyles,” said Governor Fletcher. “A devastating flood in 2003 forced seniors to move to a temporary location. This grant will give seniors a place to call their own once more.”

 The funds will be used to construct a new 2,550 square foot, ADA compliant facility located on Railroad Street. The City of Olive Hill contributed a parcel of land at the site of the former City Municipal Building to construct the new facility. The location will provide easy access to pharmacies, restaurants, banks and retail establishments.

 “Our seniors will have a first-class facility to use when this project is complete,” said Sen. Charlie Borders (R-Russell). “The location and facilities will give them an opportunity to boost their quality of life while giving back to the community.”

 The current senior center operates in a converted concession stand owned by the Shriner’s Club. The building has no windows and does not provide sufficient room for social and recreational activities. The facility will be able to serve up to 80 clients per day once complete.

 “Conditions at the current center are not worthy of our seniors and they deserve much better,” said Rep. Robin Webb (D-Grayson). “This facility will be a place for them to be active for years to come.”

 Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development.