Senior agency to have new name, home

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:57 AM

The Council on Aging will close its doors at the Grand Haven Community Center for the last time on Friday. It will reopen Jan. 7 at 1051 S. Beacon Blvd. with a new name: Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging.

The agency's executive director, Brigit Hassig, said the move to the South Beacon Plaza strip mall — at the southwest corner of Beacon Boulevard and Taylor Avenue — will boost the senior center's space from about 6,000 square feet to more than 16,000.

“We are in full swing with packing,” Hassig said.

Volunteer Barb Letatz, 67, was packing and labeling boxes at the Community Center on Tuesday.

“I can't wait until we get there,” she said. “We'll have so much more room there. We are so crowded here.”

Rosa Bice was playing a game of Mahjongg with friends Tuesday in the soon-to-be-vacated activity room. Bice said she's looking forward to the dedicated game space at the new location.

“We'll be in a room where we can be noisy and we don't have to worry about disturbing anyone,” she said.

Muskegon Community College will move part of its Grand Haven operations into the downstairs space being vacated by the Council on Aging. The college moved into the upstairs of the Community Center this past summer.

The Council on Aging's new space has been vacant for a few years since Loutit District Library moved out after using it as a temporary location during its renovation.

The cost of interior construction, furniture, fixtures and moving will total more than $1 million. Much of it will be funded by grants and fundraising, Hassig said.

“The agency for the past 10 years has been doing financial planning in its reserves for a major renovation or a move,” she added.

The Council on Aging leased the downstairs of the Community Center from the city and could operate between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The new location will allow for evening and weekend hours, according to Hassig.

“This opens up a whole new window of opportunity for us,” she said. “And because of the size and the way it was built out, it will allow us to run up to six programs simultaneously. Here, it's only two.”

The new location offers a large parking lot and is serviced by Harbor Transit.

“It offers a day experience for our participants,” Hassig said, noting that seniors can browse the nearby thrift store, pick up essentials at the dollar store or meet friends at one of the nearby restaurants.

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