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February 23, 2014

Senior center gets surprise land gift

Jerry Durant Auto Group acquires, then gives, group Vine Street property for site of new center


In the eyes of Parker County Committee on Aging Board President Prissy Neely, it’s been “a long time coming” ... but it is finally coming.

During Thursday night’s “Hunting for Funding” fundraiser, Neely announced that the center has received 35.97 acres of land on Vine Street in Weatherford on which construction of a new senior center is expected to begin later this year. Board Vice President Shelly Mowery said the board has “climbed mountains” in recent years trying to make construction happen, but has run into a number of pitfalls.

The land was donated to the center by the Jerry Durant Auto Group. Group spokesman Don Allen said the senior center holds “a near and dear spot in Jerry’s heart” and when Durant himself found the land, he thought it was perfect and had the deed to the land drawn up. Allen said it was his honor to present the deed to Neely Thursday as more than 250 people cheered. Allen said the deed would be filed with the courts first thing Friday morning.

Neely said it was time to quit pledging that work would get done and get ready to show what will happen. An engineering rendering of what is proposed was shown around the facility and many gathered at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse thought it was something area seniors deserved.

“That is going to be one nice facility,” Mel Snyder said.

Neely said there are no exact dates for the start of construction, as board members and center staff just found out about the donation earlier in the week. Neely said the center will begin working with the city and that construction will hopefully start later this year.

Mowery said the center board always wants something better for the current and future seniors of Parker County and this facility will be able to serve the seniors of the county for years to come.

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