Council approves $150,000 donation

By Lynn R. Parks

The city of Seaford will contribute $150,000 toward the cost of renovations of the former Seaford Golf and Country Club clubhouse, soon to be the Nanticoke Senior Center. The city council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the contribution. The payment will be spread over five years. The first installment of $30,000 will be paid Sept. 15.

Rob Harman, capital campaign chairman for the senior center, told members of the city council that the center has raised $850,200. Still needed for the $1.455 million renovation project is $605,000.

The senior center purchased the building from the city last year, after the city bought it from the bankrupt golf and country club. The senior center paid $624,000 for the building; the cost of renovations is expected to total about $831,000.

Harman told the city council that the senior center plans several changes to the clubhouse. Already, he said, the senior center has spent $50,000 to renovate the building's kitchen.

Plans call for a covered ramp, accessible to the handicapped, to be built on the back of the building, where the deck is now.

The center plans to modify the front entrance so that it is under cover. A handicapped-accessible bathroom will be added on the east end of the banquet room. And what were the locker rooms will be completely gutted and transformed into a physical fitness center, with exercise equipment and handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

Harman expects the kitchen to be operating within a couple of weeks. He expects the center itself to be open by April.

Christy Pennington, who is heading up the fundraising, told council members that the contribution from the city will make it easier for the senior center to raise money from other sources. "This kind of contribution shows support from our local community and gives credibility to our project for corporate donors," she said.

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