Glendale Heights Opens Senior Center

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Byline: Marco Santana

Glendale Heights Village President Linda Jackson laughed when York Township officials called her slick, new senior center the "Taj Mahal of area senior centers." That doesn't mean, however, that she isn't proud of the new building, which has been about 15 years in the making.

Area seniors and residents got their first look at the

$3 million Glendale Heights Center for Senior Citizens at an open house Sunday. With more than 500 people passing through the door, Jackson said the building could not have opened to a better crowd.

"We want our seniors to stay in Glendale Heights and we want them to have a place that is theirs," she said. "This is the way to do it."

Jackson said the idea for a senior center first popped up in the mid-1990s, when officials wanted to provide a place for seniors to go. However, financial and space restraints put a stop to the planning.

When federal stimulus funds made it possible to borrow money at more affordable rates, the village jumped at the chance and began designing the center at 260 Civic Center Plaza.

Until now, most senior activities were held in a second-floor room of the neighboring Sports Hub.

"We have been frugal with our money for a lot of years," Jackson said. …