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Sylvan Grove Senior Center renovates historic downtown building

SYLVAN GROVE – The Sylvan Grove Senior Center was in desperate need of a new facility after the roof collapsed on an attached building and the basement filled with water. The senior center could no longer insure its building, as it was only a matter of time before its integrity was affected.

The Farmer’s Elevator Building in downtown Sylvan Grove was chosen as a new location because of its historical significance and because of its location on Main Street. A Sylvan Grove resident purchased the building and donated it to the senior center.

A Hansen Foundation grant helped pay for the architect’s fee and for construction costs during the first phase of renovations.

Grants from the Post Rock Foundation allowed for the replacement of the roof and the stabilization and preservation of the building through limestone masonry.  Grants from the WEB Fund will install an ADA handrail at the front entrance and may contribute to interior furnishings.  Donations from the Sylvan Senior Center have contributed to the roofing project, the masonry project, the architect’s fees, and the completion of the first phase of renovations.

The finished center will have a Great Room that will be a beautiful, historic and practical useable space.  It will be a place where the community’s residents can meet to socialize and participate in activities such as quilting, arts and crafts, exercise, BINGO and other projects that enhance and serve the community.  The building will also provide a site for a wide variety of get-togethers and learning opportunities that will enhance the lives and experience of all who participate.