SUISUN CITY — The noise level at the Suisun Senior Center should subside in a few days.
The center will soon be able to show off its new roof, compliments of a grant totaling $685,000. The roof work, including dry rot repair, is using less than 10 percent of the money. The remainder will be applied to a major remodel of the 25-year-old building that should begin after the first of the year.
Workers pounded away with hammers Tuesday as the seniors ate the Meals on Wheels lunch served at the center. Crafters enjoyed a few laughs while they worked.
Bonnie Semas didn’t let the noise above stop her from eating lunch there. She said she drops by the center about three days a week for lunch.
“I think it’s nice. It’s probably been a long time coming,” she said.
Solano County Roofing, Inc. was awarded the job in early October.
“It feels good. We are getting closer to the renovation,” said Karen Mickens, center director.
Parking has been the biggest challenge as roofing company trucks share the space with seniors who drive there. That should end soon, as the roofers told Mickens they could be done Thursday.
After the first of the year, the center will move its programs to the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center on Village Drive as the inside of the senior center building gets a new look.
“It will be a tight fit there,” Mickens said. “We are going to focus on the end result.”
Mickens said she plans to continue current programs during the transition to the Nelson Center.
“It will be the same, only at a different location,” she said.
The city got the Community Development Block Grant in October 2010, so the project has been a long time coming.
“This is finally happening,” Mickens said of the work.
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