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City Council to consider usage proposals for former senior center

No public comment is expected to be included when proposals for future use of the former Senior Citizens Center is discussed at next Monday’s Pawhuska City Council meeting, according to municipal officials.

Council members are “to have a discussion among themselves” concerning types of occupants they might consider for the building where the center had been located, City Clerk Barbara Smith said Tuesday when asked about agenda items for the Dec. 2 council session.

Consideration reportedly is being given to a proposal that would allow for-profit businesses to be operated out of the city-owned building.

Before its doors closed earlier this month, the Pawhuska Senior Center served local seniors for several decades. Officials of a non-profit group that ran the center cited declining participation for prompting their decision to cease operations.

When center operators evacuated the facility, the city became responsible for finding a new tenant for the downtown building, which is located at 200 S. Palmer (behind the police station).

At the Nov. 18 Pawhuska City Council meeting, a presentation was made about using it to house a local food bank. The building would also be used by other community outreach programs such as veterans affairs as well as for health fairs, fundraisers, etc.

Several other competing proposals have also been revealed. A petition drive that currently is underway calls for a restaurant to be operated at the site, which would then continue to be utilized as a meeting location by area civic organizations.

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