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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:30

    The Port Washington Senior Center will remain in its current location for at least the next year.

    The Common Council recently approved extending its lease for the center at 403 W. Foster St. for another year.

    The city has leased the building from KAB Enterprises for about three years. Although the current lease runs through the end of November, the new one will run from January through December, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

     With a 2% increase in rent for next year, the city will pay $6,630 each month, he said. The city also received a two-year extension on its option to purchase the property.

    “When that time comes, that’s something we’re going to have to take a serious look at,” Ald. Dan Becker said.

    City officials are expecting the upcoming budget to be tight, Grams said, and that’s one reason they sought to extend the lease. “We’re still looking at all possibilities,” he said.

    The seniors, many of whom didn’t like the idea of moving the center to its current location when the change was proposed, seem happy there now, Grams said.

    “I think they like it,” he said.

    Parking near the center is still seen as an issue by some seniors, especially in winter, he said, but overall it is a good site.

    The city began leasing the senior center as part of a deal to keep Franklin Energy in the community.

    Franklin Energy, which at the time had its offices in the former St. John’s Church building, signed a long-term lease for the second floor of the Smith Bros. Marketplace building. However, it did so only after the city agreed to relocate the senior center to the former church.

    The senior center, which had been located in the historic firehouse at the corner of Pier and Wisconsin streets, was cramped for space at the time. Handicapped access was also limited.