(Waupun) The city of Waupun has received grant funds to construct a new senior center. Governor Tony Evers recently announced nearly $213-million-dollars in Neighborhood Investment Fund grants to address the needs of communities through long-term economic recovery projects.
Waupun is in line for nearly $5-million to build a senior center on city-owned land located at 520 McKinley Street. A new building was recommended following a facility audit that examined possible solutions to aging structures. The current senior center is in need of multiple repairs including exterior masonry tuck pointing and brick work, ADA updates, and additional space to accommodate growing attendance and programming.
The building is landlocked so relocating the senior center was recommended to address the community’s needs both today and long term. Mayor Julie Nickel says since taking office five years ago, the city has worked to foster a strong sense of community through their senior center. She says this grant will allow them to broaden their vision and continue to meet the needs of their seniors.
City Administrator Kathy Schlieve thanked the state of Wisconsin and the governor for supporting their plan and they look forward to bringing the community together in the space once constructed. Details of the new facility are still being finalized but it is anticipated to be fully operational by the end of 2024.