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Parker Center Renovation Plans

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In 1986, the Voyager completed the first non-stop flight around the world, IBM unveiled the first laptop computer and the Parker Senior Center opened its doors in its current location.

Since that time, flight and laptops have seen significant change, but as reporter Gary Brode explains, the Senior Center has not.

For nearly four decades, the Parker Senior Center has been a staple of Downtown Minot.

But like most things in a rapidly growing city, change is needed.

(Roger Reich, Executive Director) "We've been here 35 years or so with no real changes in the building. We are seeing a different clientele, we are seeing a different group of people that need our services. We want to make it so the Baby Boomers will want to make this their senior center for years to come."

To keep the daily routine moving along, renovations will be broken up into three phases

(Roger Reich, Executive Director) "It's going to be a complete upgrade, new drywall. Where you see these steel posts, we are going to frame those in, and then make meeting rooms in here. Clean up our kitchen to make it more user friendly ... kind of bring back some of the glory days of the Minot Parker Hotel."

The senior center does receive funds to offset the cost services but Reich says there just isn't enough money in the budget to ever remodel.

In hopes to gain funding, City, County and State officials have been invited to take a tour of the grounds to show where and why renovations are needed.

(Roger Reich, Executive Director) "This will be our upper dining area, this was updated in the 1980's and we are on the handicap ramp right now. Of course this doesn't meet the standards of the new disabilities act, so we need to replace all of this."

Reich remains positive the project will be funded.

(Roger Reich, Executive Director) "Minot has always been a giving community. The public, once they become aware of what we are asking for, that we are doing good things for the community. It will be an easier process to show people what we need and to get out there and get some donations from the general public."

If the necessary funds to come in, construction will begin at the beginning of the new year.

Roger believes with the new upgrades, the Parker Senior Center can continue to be a part of the downtown area for decades to come.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

A tour of the building for officials will be this Saturday.

The entire project is expected to take a total of approximately 9 month.

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