Hart Senior Center closes for renovations; programs moved to T Street center

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 8:34 am

Sacramento's Ethel M. Hart Senior Center has temporarily closed for long overdue renovations, including a major heating and air conditioning overhaul and the installation of a new roof.

The center, at 915 27th St. in midtown Sacramento, is the city's home for programs ranging from senior meals to yoga to adult day health. It serves several hundred people each day.

Since the beginning of July, when renovations began, participants have instead been going to most of their classes and workshops at the Coloma Community Center at 4623 T St.

"The renovation has been on the city's to-do list for 10 years," said Hart's volunteer services coordinator, Alicia Black.

Construction, which will cost up to $800,000 from the city's deferred maintenance budget, is likely to be completed by late September or early October, she said. Hart Senior Center was built more than five decades ago.

Among the handful of programs and activities that didn't make the temporary move to the Coloma Community Center are computer classes as well as bingo and the center's popular senior dances.

For the time being, senior meals participants are lunching at a facility at 1725 K St., said Black.

"We're not going to eliminate any programs once we return to Hart," she said. "And there are only a handful of people who've told us it's too much of a challenge to make their way over to programs here for the summer."

Even so, she said, participants miss Hart's lobby meeting area where seniors liked to gather to have a cup of coffee or wait for their classes to begin.

"We have a room here that we've designated as a drop-in lounge," said Black. "But only one or two people come there."

Seniors programs at the Coloma center take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (916) 808-5462.

Call The Bee's Anita Creamer, (916) 321-1136. Follow her in Twitter @AnitaCreamer.

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