Utica West Side Senior Center Ground Breaking

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"Everyone and everything in our communities has been impacted by the pandemic, but as a senior service provider, we can attest to the negative impact this has had on our older adult population, and the positive impact and value that our programs and services have on those we serve."

That's what Kelly Walters, executive director of 50 Forward Mohawk Valley, had to say about the Covid-19 flu pandemic in a press release announcing a $2.1 million renovation of the West Side Senior Center in Utica, NY.

The project will see the center's electrical, HVAC, plumbing, flooring, ADA compliance bathrooms, roof replacement, windows, doors, exterior fa ? ade, parking lot, exterior lighting and landscaping, as well as kitchen and basement renovations, reports the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Walters says the center needs more space to accommodate growing programs and services, including evening programs for working older adults.

The project was made possible with $1 million from the city of Utica, $500,000 from Oneida County, and $100,000 from Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.

"I couldn't be prouder to see all these partnerscome together to make the neighborhood better as well as the opportunities available to our residents," says Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.

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