Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson will discuss the pending move of the Senior Center to the Civic Center during a November 21 meeting.
It’s a special work session of the Oak Ridge Senior Advisory Board, and it’s scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 21, in Room 54 of the Senior Center on Emory Valley Road.
The Senior Advisory Board recommended earlier this year that the Oak Ridge Senior Center be located at the Civic Center and Alvin K. Bissell Park.
The Oak Ridge Senior Center is currently located in a county-owned building on Emory Valley Road. It’s been there since 1999.
Some senior center users have been advocating for a new home for years, arguing that they didn’t voluntarily leave the former Wildcat Den (the Midtown Community Center) and that their current home has a number of deficiencies. But despite those efforts, the senior center remains on Emory Valley Road.
While the Senior Center could move to the Civic Center, plans discussed earlier this year would have Anderson County General Session Court, Division II in Oak Ridge, move to the county-owned building on Emory Valley Road from a privately owned building on Bus Terminal Road.
As part of the reshuffling, the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department, which now occupies part of the Civic Center, could move its administrative offices to a vacant building on Badger Road that once housed Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
The idea is that moving the administrative wing of Recreation and Parks to the Badger Road building could free up space for seniors at the Civic Center, which in turn would help create space at the county-owned building for the General Sessions Court.
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