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November 28, 2014

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Boulder City proposes plan to sell building to Senior Center

Boulder City Senior Center

The Boulder City Council has reached a tentative agreement to sell the building that houses the Senior Center to the non-profit organization that runs it.

Under the deal, which is expected to come before the council for final approval at its June 23 meeting, the city would give the Senior Center of Boulder City Inc. a total of $765,242 in federal community development block grant funds. The organization would, in turn, pay the city back that same amount of money for the building.

“It’s a win-win for the city and senior center,” said Dan Bunch, board vice president of the organization. “We’re able to operate the center much more effectively.”

The senior center board will have more control over the use of the building and can seek grants and government funds as a nonprofit that the city cannot, Bunch said.

The city, which introduced the plan on June 9, would no longer have to maintain the building, which saves labor costs.

Also, the council approved giving the non-profit another $30,000 in grants to rehabilitate the aging building at 813 Arizona St.

In March, the center’s water heater leaked and flooded the basement. It cost more than $5,000 to replace the water heater, Bunch said.

The senior center provides a social venue to residents and inexpensive meals, including delivery through the Meals on Wheels program.

The city bought the former library building in 1998 for $1.2 million with the intent of moving another city department into it. But that plan was cost prohibitive, City Manager Vicki Mayes said.

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