Requests for bids on Hunt County’s proposed new multi-million dollar senior citizen center could be sent out this week.

But funding for the project is still way behind, according to David Caldwell, the executive director of the Senior Center Resources and Public Transit program.

“We are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars short,” Caldwell said.

The agency moved in May from its former home at 3720 Oneal, where it had been located since the 1970s, into temporary offices in the 2300 block of Stonewall Street.

The former building had fallen into disrepair and did not have working air conditioning. While Caldwell said the center’s employees all love the new headquarters, there is an urgency involved in wanting to move ahead with plans for a permanent structure.

“We’re down to the wire,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell said architectural plans are complete for the proposed 9,500 square foot building on west Lee Street and that the center’s board is expected to vote Wednesday to approve sending out requests for proposals.

“The time frame for opening the bids is Dec. 1,” Caldwell said.

The sticking point has come in obtaining funding for a local match of federal dollars toward the building.

Approximately $2.2 million has been earmarked by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) for the facility, but a 20 percent local match is required for about $1.5 million of the funding.

“We just haven’t been very successful with it,” Caldwell said.

The Greenville Daybreak Rotary recently pledged $5,000 toward the project.

The Senior Center Resources and Public Transit supplies nutrition and social services for the over-60 population in Hunt County, as well as serving as the county’s sole source of public transportation.

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