Firestone to turn old City Hall into community center for seniors – Greeley Tribune

When Firestone’s new Town Hall building opened last year, its old Town Hall site suddenly became vacant and has remained so ever since.

However, that won’t be the case long after Firestone’s board of directors unanimously approved a special-use application to convert the former City Hall site to 151 Grant Ave. in a community center for the elderly.

“We really try to be … a one-stop-shop for all seniors services in Carbon Valley,” Dean Rummel, executive director of the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District (CVPRD), said Thursday.

The application was submitted by the CVPRD which will operate the centre.

Firestone administrators have approved a special use request to convert Old City Hall to 151 Grant Ave. in a community center for the elderly. (Cliff Grassmick/staff photographer)

The district currently has a senior center in Frederick, which is also used by gymnasts.

“It shares a building with our gymnastics center. So under one roof is the youth gymnastics and a seniors hall, which is about a quarter the size of the space we are renovating at Firestone,” Rummel said. “As the programs keep growing and the senior population keeps growing…it’s a tough building in which to co-exist.”

Rummel said the district plans to move many of its existing seniors programs, classes and meals to the future Firestone space.

The new center will likely have the same hours as the old one, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Sometimes there are fees for special events and travel just because there’s more direct spending with them,” Rummel said. “But, for the most part, this building and these (programs) are heavily subsidized at minimal or no cost to seniors.”

Rummel said the facility can be used for other all-ages activities or evening and weekend rental events.

Minor renovations will be made to the exterior of the Old Town Hall location, primarily to address drainage issues. The interior will see the lion’s share of construction activity likely beginning in April.

The new seniors’ community center is expected to open in late fall or early winter 2023, assuming all construction materials arrive on time.

“He has universal support at every level,” Firestone Mayor Drew Peterson said of the future community center for seniors. “There were discussions at one point about the building (of the old town hall) being destroyed and that would have simply been, in my opinion, an absolute travesty.”

Jill E. Washington