By HAYLEY HARMON6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A big development is in the works for the Karns community, as a new senior center is coming to the area.
The Karns Senior Center will be built in the Knox County Sportspark off Oak Ridge Highway in West Knox County.
With funding approved by the Knox County Commission, officials hope to break ground on the center in just a few months.
County leaders gathered Wednesday at the Knox County Sportspark to announce the future location of the senior center.
"It's the fastest growing area of the county," said Knox County Commission Chair Brad Anders.
"This is a great central location for the Karns community. There's plenty of parking and it's easily accessible," said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.
The center will be the sixth one in the county, but the very first in this community.
"This is the last area in Knox County that hadn't had one relatively close to their community so this is a great addition," said Anders.
Seniors who live in this area have been asking for a place like this for a long time.
"This is big for the Karns community. They've waited so long for this to happen, and now it finally is going to happen," said Burchett.
The commission and Mayor Burchett are both glad to see it come to fruition.
"Really, it's the generation that helped build our country, and they don't ever ask for anything in return. I'm glad we're able to provide for them," said Burchett.
The Knox County Commission approved the $1.2 million price tag to build the center.
They hope to break ground as soon as possible, within the next few months.
"The Senior Centers across the county see thousands and thousands through their doors every year. This will be a well utilized center," said Anders.
The Karns Senior Center will offer a variety of activities for the large senior population here, from arts and craft classes to dance and exercise.
"Something's going on all the time in our senior centers," said Burchett.
Officials hope to have it open for local senior to use by Summer 2014.
Commission Chair Anders says they estimate the new center will cost Knox County about $100,000 per year for programming and staffing.