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Community, senior center to open in August

Lu Snyder

Summit County community and senior center

WHAT: Grand opening

WHERE: County Commons

WHEN: Ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m., open house 2 – 6 p.m., Aug. 15

FRISCO – Summit County’s new community and senior center is scheduled to open in a little more than two weeks.

The Summit County seniors are closing up shop at the old building off Main Street in Frisco in anticipation of the new center’s grand opening, Aug. 15. And Frisco town officials have begun to discuss possible uses for the soon-to-be vacant building at 110 3rd Avenue.

Less than a year after groundbreaking, the community center’s parking lot has been paved and striped, and most of the interior work has been completed. All that’s left is the landscaping and laying carpet, said Summit County senior services director Beth Koran.

Once they receive their certificate of occupancy, the seniors will begin to move furniture into the new building.

The center’s grand opening is a month earlier than anticipated. Koran said the original goal was to open in mid-September.

“It’s been a great project,” Koran said. “I think it’s a real asset to the community.”

Because the Summit County Seniors have been instrumental in building the new center, many mistakenly think of it as a new senior center. But Koran stresses the new center is not only for the seniors, but for Summit County as a whole.

Other groups that will use the center include the county, local churches, and nonprofit organizations such as Advocates for Victims of Assault, the Rotary Club and Summit Historical Society.

All of Summit County is invited to the open house, which will immediately follow the 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 15.

The center will be available seven days a week for nonprofit use by reservation, Koran said. (To make reservations, contact the county at (970) 453-2561 x 0 and ask for Monica.)

Meanwhile, Frisco town officials have begun to entertain possibilities for the old building off Main Street. Though those discussions have mostly been preliminary brainstorming sessions, interim town manager Tim Mack said options include day care, town recreational headquarters, a teen center and office space for nonprofits.

More serious discussion likely will occur during the 2002-2003 budgeting session, Mack said.

The town recently began the process for an economic development study, and Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli said he believes the council is hopeful that study will help town officials determine the best use for the building.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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