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Location for Senior Center

A consultant to review possible locations for a senior center in the Sturgis area is being considered by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

Though no action on the matter was taken during Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners during last week’s executive committee meeting heard from Lynn Coursey, Commission on Aging director. She said senior-center development is a niche market and stressed the importance of utilizing a site consultant familiar with senior needs.

Coursey said working with local architects and builders also is a strong attribute when considering a consultant.

At least three different sites within Sturgis are on the table as potential locations.

Commissioner Rick Shaffer said the matter should be deferred to the county’s building authority, whose members could discuss the issue and offer a recommendation to the board.