Commission Vice Chairman Lawrence Weekly helped break ground today on a project that will more than double the size of the Martin Luther King Jr. Senior Center, which is at Carey Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
"The MLK Senior Center provides important health and food programs, as well as popular social activities for area seniors," Commission Vice Chairman Weekly said. "This project will give the center more room for these programs to grow and enable us to serve more seniors here."
The center caters to residents 55 and over, providing lunch every day and a variety of programs and activities including healthy living and diabetes management workshops, and blood pressure and general health screenings.
The center is 6,359-square-feet large, and the expansion will add another 7,500 square feet to the facility, which will be used to house a new multi-purpose room and a new TV room.
The existing multi-purpose room can serve 60-80 seniors at a time for lunch. The new multi-purpose room will have the ability to serve 200 seniors during lunch, also the new room will include partitions so it can be divided into multiple classrooms if necessary.
The expansion is expected to be complete by August.
The MLK Senior Center is operated by the Economic Opportunity Board of Southern Nevada.