The Mason County Senior Activities Association has voiced interest in applying for funding from the Community Development Block Grant program in order to purchase the buildings in downtown Shelton that currently house Mason County PUD No. 3. Officials with the Association made a presentation to the Shelton City Commission Tuesday night explaining their need for the $1 Million available through the CDBG. According to Executive Director Terri Shaw, the Association has an option to purchase the PUD’s complex at $1.2 Million.
The renovations are estimated to cost about $700,000. The current Senior Activities Center at Ninth and Railroad is too small for the organization.
The PUD buildings would provide the Center with much needed space, better parking, and other amenities while keeping the Center in downtown Shelton where it has been for some 30 years.
Under the CDBG program, the City would apply for the grant on behalf of the Mason County Senior Activities Association. That application must be made by March 1, 2012. This is a competitive grant program and there is no guarantee funds will be awarded. The grant award will be announced in June and the deadline in the Association’s purchase agreement with the PUD is July.