Lieutenant Governor Abramson's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Awards $500,000 Grant to Greensburg for New Senior Citizens Center

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Lt. Gov. Abramson announces funding in speech to Green County Chamber of Commerce

GREENSBURG, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced a $500,000 grant for the creation of a new senior center for Green County senior citizens.

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson made the announcement Tuesday night during the Green County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Green County Middle School in Greensburg.

The grant will allow the city to renovate a downtown building at 106 West Court St., which will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will contain an activity room, kitchen, office and storage room. The renovation of the building will aid the city in revitalizing its downtown, as well as preserving a central building within the Downtown Greensburg Historic District, which is listsed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Seniors currently use the local Veterans’ Memorial Hall, which is occupied by numerous other county groups and high school sports teams. Under the arrangement, seniors are limited to just one room at that location, and if the room is scheduled for another acitivity, local seniors must clear that room and remove all of their items each time.

“We want our senior citizens to have a place they can call their own in Greensburg,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s important that they have a permanent space for their acitivites and interests, and this grant will help the city renovate a building for just that purpose.”

The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will assist the city in the renovation of 7,200 square feet of the 10,000-square-feet building. The remainder of the building is currently occupied by Snappy Tomato Pizza. The senior center will provide services through the city and the Lake Cumberland Area Development District Senior Services.

“With more than 17 percent of the population in Green County being residents 65 and older, it’s only fitting that the state help fund the restoration of this building that will house critical services for our seniors in that region,” Lt. Gov. Abramson said. “The downtown location will also offer a central location that will be easily accessible for seniors and care providers.”

“Initiatives such as this assist more than just a few individuals — they improve the lives of citizens and families throughout the entire community,” said Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder. “Providing a safe, easily accessible location for seniors to learn, interact and become healthier will benefit residents of Greensburg and all of Green County for many future generations.”

“This is a project that we have been working on for some time and look forward to completing the restoration of this wonderful space for the benefit of our senior citizens and the rest of the community,” Mayor Lisle Cheatham said. “Without a cooperative effort by both the city and the county, this project would not be possible.”

“This project will not only provide our seniors a nice central location in the downtown area, it will also allow for much needed renovation to an otherwise little used portion of the Cantrell-Pickett building,” said Green County Judge-Executive Misty Edwards. “The Mayor and I both want to thank Gov. Beshear for recognizing the importance of this project to our community.

“These great funds serve as recognition of the vital role seniors play in our community,” said Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg. “I am confident the improvements to the Green County Senior Center will have benefits for years to come.”

“The Green County Senior Citizens Center will provide many great services to the seniors living in the county,” said Rep. Bart Rowland, of Tompkinsville. “I’m pleased that this $500,000 grant will be used to allow the center to offer outstanding services and perhaps expand to offer more options to those who depend on the senior citizens center.”

The state’s CDBG program is administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.