New Osceola County COA Senior Center set to open soon

Move into new facility is underway

The new Osceola County Commission on Aging Senior Center, located in the former Hersey Elementary School, is set top open to the public later this month.

The new Osceola County Commission on Aging Senior Center, located in the former Hersey Elementary School, is set top open to the public later this month.

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HERSEY — The Osceola County Commission on Aging Senior Center in Hersey is expected to be open later this month. Throughout the past week, the COA has been busy moving their administrative offices to the new facility in Hersey.

COA director Justin Halladay told the Herald Review they are in the process of moving into the new facility, moving offices and equipment from the Evart building to the Hersey building, a process that is expected to take about a week to complete.

“During the move, our offices are closed to the public, but we have still been taking phone calls,” Halladay said. “Our services, such as transportation (non-wheelchair), meals and in home services are still functioning as normal without interruption.”

For the next week, he said, they will be ironing out the details involved with moving, including computers and phones, unpacking and getting all the inspections completed. They plan to open to the public once that is completed, but for appointment only.

“Our opening date for the building to be a meal site and starting our activity center is Sept. 26, assuming all goes as planned,” Halladay said. “That will be when MSU Extension is opening as well. The VA (office) will open later that week or the following, depending on when they move. We still plan to move the kitchen from Tustin to this location, but that will take some time. Hopefully we will have a plan for that opening soon, but it could have to wait until next year.”

No official grand opening date has been set, as yet, he said. 

“I would like to wait until the facility is up and going, and we have had a chance to get many of our programs in place,” Halladay said. 

The Osceola County board of commissioners approved the purchase of the former Hersey Elementary School building for the purpose of establishing a new senior center in 2021, and the COA has been working on preparing the building for opening since.

Halladay said at the time that the size of the new facility would allow them to move the administrative offices and the meal preparation services to the new facility, putting everything in one location.

With the new facility, he said, they will be able to give senior in the county something they have not had before, including educational opportunities and activities that are not currently available.

For more information on the new facility and the opening of the senior center, follow the Osceola County COA Facebook page or call 231-743-5559.