An excited crowd gathered outside the Josephine B. Brown Senior Center to celebrate the opening of the center’s expansion Thursday morning.
The additional 2,973 square feet of the center, located at 6183 Turner Lake Road, will provide a banquet room and event space, classroom and enrichment lab. The expansion will provide Senior Services the opportunity to offer set activities and classes without juggling schedules due to rooms being overcrowded thanks to increased attendance.
The expansion came to reality after the Newton County Board of Commissioners approved $1.125 million in unallocated funds from the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The 2017 SPLOST originally allocated $1.7 million for an expansion that opened in January of 2020.
“We thank the citizens of Newton County for making this possible through the 2017 SPLOST and those who stepped in to work to make this project happen,” Newton County Senior Services Director Freda Reed said. “We are excited about the possibilities that the new expansion will offer to the seniors of Newton County.”