Community Development Block Grant
Success Stories

Tamarac, FL - Mayor Joe Schreiber

Senior and Community Center

Incorporated in 1963, Tamarac was planned and marketed as a retirement community and now has over 51,000 residents living within its 12 square-miles. The City's population has demonstrated a need for a multi-purpose community center which would provide for their educational, nutritional, physical fitness and other needs.

In response, Mayor Joe Schreiber and the City Commission authorized preparation of a CDBG application for the planning and engineering of a community center on eight acres of City-owned property. The subsequent approval of a $244,217 grant provided the cornerstone for a successful bond issue which funded the remaining $3 million in construction costs. Construction is to be completed by January 2000.

The 30,000-square-foot center will contain space for 1) a nutrition program which will serve hot meals to seniors at noon; 2) support groups and counseling for care-givers, persons who are bereaved, stroke victims, persons with Parkinson's Disease, visually impaired persons and others facing medical challenges; 3) a fitness room; 4) classrooms for educational training and seminars; 5) health screening for blood pressure, hearing, vision and memory; 6) transportation for one-day shopping trips; and 7) entertainment. The facility also will be able to accommodate large group presentations.

Contact: Office of the Mayor, (954) 724-1221



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