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October 23, 2012
DALLAS -- Long-awaited plans for a new Dallas Senior Center have stalled more than they have progressed since the future building site in Dallas City Park was designated in 2009.
Three agreements authorized by the Dallas City Council earlier this month may offer some hope of moving forward, however.
"These are the agreements that will cause the wheel spinning to stop and come up with some actual numbers that can be negotiated," said Jon Nelson, interim city manager.
The city will use information sought with the agreements to make a decision on applying for a construction grant on behalf of the Dallas Area Seniors (DAS).
The agreements include a memorandum of understanding between the city and DAS stating the two entities will establish an agreement to cover the center's ongoing operational costs before construction begins.
A second agreement with Polk Community Development Corporation (Polk CDC) authorizes preliminary design that will provide an estimate on building operational costs once it's completed. A third contract authorizes Polk CDC to prepare a grant application and manage the project.
DAS President June Krause said the group has raised about $69,000 for operational costs for the new facility and $89,000 for design.
"I think it's a big step forward," Krause said of the agreements. "We are excited."