PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It's a good problem to have, but overcrowding is taking its toll on the Pascagoula Senior Citizen's Center. And the city finally has the funding to build a larger facility.
"To me what I have here is just wonderful," said Ilka Robertson.
She's talking about the friendships she's made and the experiences she's had thanks to the Pascagoula Senior Citizens' Center. Like so many other senior citizens in Pascagoula, Ilka Robertson looks forward to spending time there.
"Older people just not going to get out at night," Robertson said. "And they need the commeraderie, they need the fellowship."
But the popularity of the programs here causes another problem. It just gets too crowded.
"I feel like I'm taking somebody's place," laughed Robertson to some of her friends.
"We've just outgrown this facility," Center Director Melani Caver said. "Where we can safely seat about forty people in this room, we have had as many as sixty, seventy and eighty people in this room. And it's just not safe."
Luckily, a new Senior Center is on the way. The 14,000 square foot facility will have game rooms, a state of the art kitchen, updated equipment and plenty of parking.
The new center will be located here right in the middle of Pascagoula on Live Oak Avenue. The Carver Village Apartments used to be there, but they have since been knocked down. It's just one more example of the city of Pascagoula getting rid of old eyesores and turning them into something the public can use and enjoy.
"This has just been a tremendous opportunity to give them a new site, to give them a facility that will serve our population well," said City Program Manager Jaci Turner.
Some seniors already can't wait to move in.
"All in all it's just a wonderful thing that it's going to happen," said Robertson. "You know there is something gonna be here for the older people."