Ishpeming Senior Center set to close its doors next Thursday

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - It's not news the Ishpeming Senior Center wanted to hear, but it's the reality residents and staff of the building are facing.

"People should understand we didn't vote to kick them out of the center. We simply voted to comply with the determination that was made by the county,” said Ishpeming Mayor, Karl Lehmann.

This determination was to close the building's doors after Marquette County saw several safety concerns during an inspection.

"They determined that the building wasn't fit to be used,” he explained.
This led to their final decision to close the center for good.

But Lehmann hopes the county will have a change of heart.

"We do hope that they'll give us a little more time because there's a lot of important services that are being provided to the seniors that we want to continue,” said Lehmann.

Along with this, they also hope to keep going with their plans of building a new senior citizen center, which Lehmann says now is uncertain due to these changes.

"So we're not certain that that's going to happen. In the interim, we're going to have to find a new location, and we're all working to do that.
Everybody is doing their best to scramble and find a new location as quickly as possible,” explained Lehmann.

In a statement from Elyse Bertucci, Ishpeming Senior Center’s director, she says “The Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging has not met yet to discuss what comes next so we do not have a comment at this time.”

As of next Thursday, residents won't be able to use the center at all.

Lehmann is not sure yet what this will mean for everyone, but he will share the city's plans once more information becomes available.