Officials from the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Board of Directors, Leland, Belville, and Navassa gathered in Leland Monday afternoon to break ground on the site for the new Brunswick Center at Leland.
The building will sit on the corner of Town Hall Drive and Village Road NE, next to the Leland Town Hall and the Leland Library. It will offer lunch, arts and crafts, and opportunities for socialization and exercise to seniors.
The 12,464 square-foot building will replace the former Leland Senior Center, an older 4,000 square-foot building on Village Road at Leland Community Park. The Town of Leland offered the property for the new facility, and officials at the groundbreaking emphasized that the new site will be a central location for all residents in the northern portion of the County.
“As we stand today at the backdrop of this beautiful site, let it not be lost that this is an example of what can happen when elected officials, municipalities and the community embrace the spirit of collaboration, work through challenges, make common-sense decisions and never lose the vision to improve the lives of those we seek to serve,” said Jim Fish, President and CEO of BSRI.
“If you look at Brunswick County’s demographics, we have 27 percent of our county’s population are over the age of 65. Statewide, the average is about 13.5 percent, so that shows that clearly this is a county that has more seniors than many other counties in the state,” said Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams. “I think this is something important.”
Brunswick County is among the fastest growing counties, not just in North Carolina but in the United States, officials noted. Others commented on the collaboration between BSRI, County leaders and leaders of area municipalities, including Leland, Belville, Navassa, Northwest and Sandy Creek, that led to the new and larger facility.
The building is expected to be completed and opened by the end of 2016 or early 2017.