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Charleston city planners unveil latest plans for West Ashley senior center

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The City of Charleston unveiling the latest plans for a new senior center in West Ashley. Tuesday afternoon, an open house was hosted at John Wesley United Methodist Church. Extra seating had to be provided, twice, due to a large crowd in attendance. 

The presentation include information from architects, city planners and officials from Roper St. Francis. It gave the community a better idea about what's involved in the project that's set to break ground next year.

The senior center will be built on the Roper St. Francis campus off Glenn McConnell Parkway. Planners say this is an ideal location because it's right next to I-526. There will also be a CARTA bus route planned to get citizens there easily.

The senior center will include a 16,000 square-foot building, which is a little bigger than the current senior center on James Island. The facility with have exercise, art and meeting rooms. There will also be a kitchen and cafe. 

Planners say the building will be in a wooded area, so they want to make the building "one with nature," by adding outdoor patios and large glass windows and doors.

City officials say the 7.5 acre property will also include plenty of parking, irrigation ponds and four pickle ball courts. The pickle ball courts are something those in attendance made clear was in high demand with local senior citizens.

The construction is set to be finished by 2017 and once opened, the center will be managed by Roper St. Francis Hospital. 

According to city officials, the projected $7 million facility is being designed to meet the health and social needs of the nearly 70,000 senior citizens who live in and around West Ashley.

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