When Firestone’s new town hall building opened last year, its former town hall site  suddenly became vacant and has remained so since.

However, that won’t be the case for much longer after the Firestone Board of Trustees unanimously approved a special use application to convert the former town hall site at 151 Grant Ave. into a senior community center.

“We’re really trying to be … a one-stop shop for all senior services in the Carbon Valley,” Dean Rummel, Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District (CVPRD) executive director, said Thursday.

The application was submitted by CVPRD which will operate the center.

Firestone trustees have approved a special use application to convert the former town hall at 151 Grant Ave. into a senior community center. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The district currently has one senior center in Frederick, which is also utilized by gymnasts.

“It shares a building with our gymnastics center. So, under one roof is youth gymnastics and a senior room, which is about a quarter of the size of the space that we’re renovating in Firestone,” Rummel said. “As programs keep growing and the senior population keeps growing … it’s a tough building to coexist in.”

Rummel said the district plans to move many of its existing programs, classes and meals for seniors to the forthcoming space in Firestone.

The new center will likely have the same hours as the old one, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Sometimes there is a charge for the special events and trips just cause there’s more direct expenses with them,” Rummel said. “But, for the most part, this building and these (programs) are highly subsidized for either a minimal or zero cost to the seniors.”

Rummel made clear that the facility may be utilized for other all-age activities or rental events in the evenings and on the weekends.

Minor renovations will be completed to the former town hall site’s exterior, mainly to address drainage issues. The interior will undergo the lion’s share of construction activities likely beginning in April.

The new senior community center is slated to open in the late fall or early winter of 2023, assuming all of the construction materials arrive on time.

“It’s got universal support across the board,” Firestone Mayor Drew Peterson said of the forthcoming senior community center. “There were discussions at one point about tearing the (old town hall) building down and that would have just been, in my opinion, an absolute … travesty.”

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