Tallahassee breaks ground on second senior center

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Construction has started on the City of Tallahassee’s second senior center. When complete, this new facility will offer expanded programs for the rapidly growing population of active seniors, aged 50 and older.

“Breaking ground on our second senior center marks a significant milestone that we’ve all been eagerly looking forward to and is a testament to the commitment to construction projects that enhance the well-being of our community,” said Mayor John Dailey. “This new facility will provide much needed space for activities and programming and supports a vibrant community where seniors can thrive, enriching the quality of life for all residents in Tallahassee.”

Since 1978, Tallahassee Senior Services has operated primarily from the historic armory building on North Monroe Street, however, the building is working over capacity due to increased demand for programs.

This new facility will be built on six acres of land in the Canopy Development.

The 40,000-square-foot building will house a double-size multipurpose gym with six indoor pickleball courts and two basketball and volleyball courts. The space will also accommodate table tennis and fitness classes. A “Lifelong Learning” wing will offer educational classes, art programs, cards and other games, and health and wellness opportunities.

Seniors provided feedback that was incorporated into the design of the facility.

“As we celebrate the start of construction on Tallahassee’s second senior center, we appreciate the profound impact that investing in projects like this has on our community’s quality of life,” said City Manager Reese Goad. “One of numerous projects that will come online over the next two years, this facility will enrich the lives of our residents by fostering a more connected and resilient Tallahassee for generations to come.”

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