Senior Services of Belmont County Getting New Home


Senior Services of Belmont County is getting a new home.

It will be built in front of their current headquarters, the former Oak View building, near the county animal shelter.

They say it’s been in the planning stages for more than a decade, and it will meet that agency’s needs for years to come.

“The building is an atrocity, to be honest,” said Ginny Favede, Belmont County Commissioner. “It’s deplorable and we have heating issues, we have water issues, we have leakage issues.”

It will cost $5.5 million, $3.5 million of which the county will borrow.

“It’s needed. It consists of a new kitchen, new office space, a multi-purpose room,” said Matt Coffland, Belmont County Commissioner. “Very excited to get it started. We hope to go to construction maybe by late summer.”

It will have a front portico for drop-off and pick-up of seniors, with protection from the weather.

And a back portico, for loading meals into vehicles for delivery, and for off-loading supplies.

“It will greatly enhance our ability to not only serve our existing seniors but provide for additional growth in the future, number one,” said Mark Thomas, Belmont County Commissioner. “Number two, we also don’t want to discount our awesome staff who on a daily basis put out just short of a thousand meals from a very old antiquated kitchen.”

It will not replace any of the individual senior centers throughout the county. But the community room will provide space for any events that bring all the county’s many seniors together.

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