Senior center to get new home on Hilton Head

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Senior center to get new home on Hilton Head

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013   |  372 Words  |  

Hilton Head's senior center is set for rebirth at a mid-island location.

The town will begin accepting bids next month to remodel the future home of the SHARE Senior Center at 58 Shelter Cove Lane. The center will relocate from its current site near Sea Pines Circle and will share space in a wing of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office building, which the town purchased in April.

The renovation is estimated to cost the town about $140,000, according to Derrick Coaxum, town assistant facilities manager and maintenance administrator. The remodeling will be paid for through the town's general fund and lease revenue from the building's former tenants, according to town officials.

Several interior walls will be knocked down in the 3,000-square-foot space, and meeting rooms and a 1,100-square-foot open area will be added.

SHARE director Jennifer Beckley said the large room will be used for seminars, social events and a wider variety of exercise programs, including new Zumba and aerobics classes.

Other services and clubs, like the Hilton Head Island Computer Club, will also move into the new center. The club offers workshops and tutorials on various technology, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones and social media.

The new space is about 500 square feet larger than the current center, Beckley said, adding it also will be closer to walking trails and many of SHARE's clients. SHARE has about 1,000 members and serves between 75 and 100 people per day, according to Beckley.

The new location is likely to draw more seniors than the current one, said Frank Soule, executive director of the Island Recreation Association, which manages the center.

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