Hermiston Awarded $2M for New Senior Center

Release Date: 
12/11/2014

The City of Hermiston received notice that it will receive $2 Million to design and construct a new Senior Center.  This is particularly good news for the Hermiston seniors since their existing building is scheduled to be permanently closed at the end of 2015 as part of the Umatilla Fairgrounds relocation to the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.  The current center “has been operating at the fairgrounds here for decades…” says Irene Miller, President of the Senior Center Board. “… we are so delighted to get the funding.”

The Senior Board asked the City to sponsor the grant application to the Oregon Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  Larry Fetter, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City prepared the grant application in September.  “This is a very competitive grant program…” stated Fetter “…a lot of hard work went into this application process and has involved several key staff members.”  The City has pledged $73,000 in local match and the staff support needed to complete the project.  The City will not be involved in the initial operations of the new senior center. 

The Infrastructure Finance Authority of the Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD-IFA) recently announced $11,569,449 in grants to six city projects and three county projects.  The grants from the Oregon Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program assist rural communities with funding for important projects around the State. 

“Our seniors deserve a new facility that they can be proud of...” stated Perry Hawkins “…and that is just what they will get.”  Perry has been seeking local donations to pay for furnishing the new center which will not be covered in the grant funding.  The construction of the new center should begin this summer after final design and site selection.  

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