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Carroll senior center to find new home in 2019

MOUNT CARROLL – Seniors, veterans and people in need of a ride will have a new facility to stop at next year in Carroll County.

The Mount Carroll City Council voted Nov. 27 to approve extending infrastructure to the future site of Carroll County Senior Services, under construction at 17612 E. Benton St.

The agency currently is at 306 N. Main St., and will move some time next year into the new building, which will measure about 50 by 120 feet.

Carroll County Transit also will relocate to the site, as will U.S. Veterans Affairs, from its current location at the Carroll County Courthouse.

Harold Andresen, 81, of rural Chadwick, is paying for the work, after having purchased the land earlier this year from Johnston Investments LLC of Mount Carroll.

“For years, we’ve been giving a number of scholarships to young people in Carroll County. We hadn’t done anything for senior citizens,” Andresen said of his scholarship work with his wife, Kay.

The foundation is complete on the site, and Andresen hopes to have the walls finished soon so interior work can take place through the winter. He didn’t have a specific completion date for the building, which will serve as a community center.

“We’ll have a banquet room there as well,” Andresen said.

The final cost of the project will exceed $300,000, although Andresen didn’t have an exact amount.

Russ Gies, the head of the senior center board, said the new building will house the senior center’s offices, paper recycling, library, and exercise room.

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