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Area Agency on Aging considers wish list for new building

Proposed new Butler County Area Agency on Aging facility on Duffy Rd. Seb Foltz/Butler Eagle 03/15/22

Now that the Butler County Area Agency on Aging has closed on buying the building previously housing the Butler Health and Fitness center at 235 North Duffy Road, members of the advisory board are discussing what they would like to have in the agency’s new home.

Beth Herold, the Area Agency on Aging’s director, said owning its own facility will give administrators and the agency advisory board the opportunity to equip and design it with amenities requested by its members.

She said she already knows some of the features seniors want to have in the new space.

“We are looking at spaces where we could host small groups, somewhere to serve hot lunch, maybe have a coffee bar,” Herold said. “We’re hoping to have pictures drawn up soon.”

Butler County commissioners approved the purchase of the building in December for $437,500.

Herold said the agency will likely have more updates on the progress of moving into the new facility at the next advisory board meeting April 19. She said supply-chain issues experienced by construction projects nationwide likely will also affect the renovation of the new facility.

“We were hoping to get in by the end of the year, but it may not be until next spring,” Herold said.