UPDATE 10/22/19 — The Ishpeming Senior Center will be moving to a new location for the time being. 

In a statement released today, Senior Center director Elyse Burtucci said:

“During the transition to our new (temporary) location, services such as Homemaking and Caseworker assistance will continue to the best of our abilities. It will be difficult to contact us but we are putting plans in place to address that issue and will publish that information as soon as it is available.

Our plan is to move to the ground floor, west end of the old Phelps Middle School Building, where the cafeteria and gym is located. We hope to offer all normal activities and operations within a short time.  While we are moving out of our existing senior center sooner than expected, we are excited to take this major step in our journey to the new senior center.

Announcements will be made in the local media and posted on our Facebook (Ishpeming Multi-Purpose Senior) page as dates and plans are finalized.”

ABC10 will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

ISHPEMING –The Ishpeming Senior Center is now closed.

All residents of the senior center have been evacuated, and a red sign condemning the building was posted onto the padlocked front door of the center.

In a statement released from the city today, interim city manager Steven Snowaert explains that, “Today, October 18th, we were notified in writing and in person by Paul Knox, Marquette County Building Official, that the County Building Code Board of Appeals upheld the order of condemnation and the notice of condemnation was posted on the Ishpeming Senior Center, 320 S. Pine Street.  During the grant process for constructing a new senior center, an inspection was required of the existing facility, and it was found by the Marquette County Building Codes Department to have violations which caused condemnation of the building. 

The City of Ishpeming has been working and continues to work with the Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging on a relocation plan.  The City, in partnership with the Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging, continues to work on the grant process for the construction of the new senior center.”

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