Opening of a new center for the elderly in Lithonia –

DeKalb County officials recently celebrated the grand opening of a new senior center in Lithonia.

On July 14, DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond was joined by Commissioners Mereda Davis Johnson and Lorraine Cochran Johnson, as well as Lithonia Mayor Shameka Reynolds and other officials, to cut the ribbon for the new 6 facility. .5 million dollars.

Work on the project began in August 2020. Officials said feedback from the community, particularly from members of the former Bruce Street Senior Center, was incorporated into much of the design process for the one-story building of 16,090 square feet.

“Key components include a large multi-purpose dining room with a moveable partition and stage, a large commercial kitchen, a lounge area, a TV room, a library room, a fitness room, two large classrooms, a arts and crafts room, several computer stations, a games room with billiards, offices, lockers, a terrace, a large metal awning and Lithonia granite used on the building’s facade and lobby,” said the responsibles.

At a groundbreaking ceremony in 2020, Davis Johnson said the county also acquired a bus for seniors’ transportation needs at the center.

Classes, group trips and community engagement activities will be open and available to area seniors.

The facility, located at 2449 Bruce Street, sits on land that is also the site of the Old School of Lithonia ruins listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Alliance is currently working with the county and the community on a separate project to preserve and commemorate the historic site of Lithonia, officials said.

“In 2016, when I arrived at Bruce Street Senior Center, we dreamed together and said we would build a new home for our seniors here,” Davis Johnson said. “Today, this dream manifests itself and becomes a reality. Seniors, enjoy your new center – you deserve it.

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