MIDDLEPORT — While Meigs County Council on Aging will continue to serve the community for years to come, in the next few years they may be serving residents from a different venue.
The council in July 2014 purchased from Middleport the campus area that includes the old Middleport football field and the buildings that previously served as Meigs Junior High School and Middleport High School. According to Beth Shaver, executive director, the building will allow the council to provide more services to the community.
“The new building is going to allow us opportunities that we don’t have here (at our current location),” she said.
One of the main perks of the new facility, Shaver said, will be a larger storage space. The current facility in Pomeroy has about 10,000 square feet of storage space, with one of the former school buildings providing at least 20,000 square feet of storage space. While the current council facility has two washers and dryers for those who need a laundry facility, the new building will triple that amount, with room for six washers and dryers, along with an area for ironing clothes.
“It’ll be a full-scale laundry facility,” she said.
The facility will also have a banquet hall that can hold receptions along with performances. And while the current facility does provide bakery items, the new building will allow for a full-scale bakery, as well as a café along with food bar choices the facility provides, Shaver said. Because the Council on Aging deals with the elderly, there is also a plan to have an adult supervised area for those who need constant vigilance throughout the day.
Shaver said that the day care also plans to provide meals and shower facilities with on-site nurses for safety.
While the current facility also has one main room for activities that seniors wish to participate in, this new building, since it once held classrooms, will have myriad rooms for plenty of activities. There are also plans to have an expanded wellness center that may be located in two of the building’s larger classrooms, along with locker rooms. Shaver said the council plans to have 24-hour pass keys to anyone who wants to work out at any times of the day.
And for those who may want to use the new building for more professional reasons, there will be meeting rooms on the top floor. Other improvements over the former facility include flat-top plentiful parking spaces and an auditorium that can seat 400 people, with uses ranging from shows to spinning classes on the stage.
The renovations of the former high school building will begin in segments, starting with the gymnasium and auditorium, which will hopefully be completed within the next year, Shaver said. The first event to take place at the new facility will be Oct. 29 when the council will have food and activities for Meigs residents starting at 5 p.m., with trick or treat starting at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 740-992-2161 or visit the group’s Facebook page, “Future Home of the Meigs Council on Aging.”
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.