MEAAA invests $800,000 in senior center

St. Louis Business Journal by Angela Mueller, Reporter

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) is investing $800,000 in a new senior center in south St. Louis.

The agency acquired a 25,000-square-foot banquet center at 225 Lemay Ferry Road for $750,000 late last year, and is putting another $50,000 toward facility upgrades, including installing a fitness area and making kitchen improvements.

The center is funded by a $500,000 grant from the St. Louis County Port Authority Community Reinvestment Fund and $300,000 from agency funds. The MEAAA bought the building from Ejub and Rada Lidjon, according to real estate records.

The agency, which operates 26 senior centers in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties, has an annual budget of just under $10 million, according to John Gamache, resource development specialist. MEAAA is also looking to add a center in north St. Louis County, where it already has three facilities.

The new South County Senior Resource Center replaces the MEAAA's former location in a leased facility just a block away on Gentry Avenue. "It was like a quarter of the size of the new one," Gamache said.