Construction for new senior center underway in Macon


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Seniors living in Macon-Bibb County will soon have a place to hang out and enjoy fun activities.

County commissioners held a groundbreaking for a new senior center that will be located in downtown Macon at Central City Park.

“I feel wonderful. We have waited a long time so it’s finally coming to pass,” says Glorious Nixon who is a senior.

President of the senior citizen’s center Robert Curry Jr. says, “It’s a new beginning. It’s been rough, it’s been tough but through all of the trials and tribulations, I’m happy for the elderly people.”

The center will give senior citizens a chance to do what they love.

“I’m a dress maker. We sew and exercise,” Nixon adds.

In addition, it will provide services that are available for seniors.

“If they need glasses, if they need energy assistance, if they need help with social security, if they need help with their husband’s VA or their wife’s VA pension, you know it should be a one stop shop,” Curry explains.

It will cost $2,229,000 to construct the new facility. Commissioners voted to name the new building in honor of fellow Commissioner Elaine Lucas. They said its because she dedicated so much time into what will be known as Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center. She credits senior citizens who have also contributed to the success.

Commissioner Elaine Lucas says, “I’m proud of them, I’m proud to have been a part of it. They cooperated with us. They helped to support the SPLOST, the passage of that SPLOST . We are just grateful, so thankful and we look forward to going into the future and expanding.”

The senior center is one of three enhancements coming to central city park. the other two are a new skate park and upgrades at the sports fields. It will cost 15 million dollars to complete all three.

The construction should be complete by next year.




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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!