Considerable interest in senior center facility anticipated

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

After decades as an active part of the downtown community, Pawhuska Senior Citizens Center ceased operations Saturday and volunteers are currently in the process of vacating the building, located at 200 E. Palmer Ave.

City Manager Paul McAlexander recently informed council members that numerous inquiries had already been received about future plans for the municipally-owned building.

The local senior citizens’ organization announced last month that, due to dwindling participation in its programs, operations at the center would conclude with the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, which was topped off Saturday with a fundraiser drawing.

“We’re going to have a number of non-profits and businesses looking at it,” McAlexander said, adding that he has been told that the seniors’ group expects to be out of the building by Nov. 16.

“By the middle of November, I think we can expect several of them to have representatives here to make a pitch on it,” McAlexander told the council.