Senior center to use part of fire station

March 31, 1997|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

A soon-to-be-vacant fire station on Ellicott City's Main Street will be used as a senior center -- and something else.

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has committed to putting a senior center in part of the building, replacing one at Emory United Methodist Church in the historic district, said Phyllis Madachy, administrator of the county's Office on Aging, which runs the centers around the county.

Ecker has appointed a committee to recommend uses for the rest of the building.

The committee has drafted and forwarded a list of recommendations, but the options haven't been made public and Ecker has not made a decision, said Marsha McLaughlin, deputy director of the county's Planning and Zoning Department and chairwoman of the committee.

While the 200 or so seniors who use the center in the Methodist church have outgrown that space, the fire station will be large enough to accommodate them and other uses, McLaughlin said.

The fire station, where six career firefighters and a number of volunteers work, will be relocated from its home of 57 years this summer to a new, $1.4 million facility -- which will be built on 2 acres on Route 103 near U.S. 29.

"It's time to figure out what else can go in" the old building, McLaughlin said.

The Ellicott City senior center has been based in the church since 1988, Madachy said.

The centers offer daily meals and activities such as exercise classes and counseling for seniors.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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