ARAB, AL (WAFF) - There is good news for seniors who live in Arab, as well as an important change for voters in the city.
The Arab Senior Center will be reopening next week, resuming services to seniors, and adding a new one for the city.
Change is always hard to accept by a lot of people, especially since they have been voting at the old community center at the Arab park for years. That building was built in the late '50s or early '60s.
Mayor Bob Joslin says the community center at Arab City Park has been condemned due to mold, water leaks, and cracks in the structure and is slated for demolition soon. The other voting precinct has been at the Arab recreation center, which is located right across from the senior center, making consolidation of the two sites into one a no-brainer.
"I think everyone will find it's easier to vote at the senior center as far as accessibility." said Joslin.
The center has been closed for several months after a hard freeze in January caused a ¾ inch pipe to burst, leaving behind over $100,000 in flood damage on the main level.
Mayor Joslin says the workers have been doing extensive repairs over the last few months to get the center back up and running, and it looks like a brand new building.
"New paint, new furnishings, everything. It'll look like a brand new building inside, and it'll be a big plus. We're hoping they're going to be excited." said Joslin.
Voters in Arab will use the new senior center as a polling place for the June 5th Alabama Primary.
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