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Rochester Senior Center gets new facility and new name

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Just like that, the Rochester Senior Center is no more.

"We, figuratively speaking, break ground today on one part of our future," said Jerry Williams of the Common Cents Sales Tax Re-authorization group that helped secure the funding.

In the future the Senior Center will go by a new moniker, 125 Live. It's an ode to the location and active lifestyle the center hopes to promote.

"Whether you are a youngster who wants to learn how to swim and skate, or somebody like me who wants to learn how to use all of the apps on my iPad, or learn how to use a new watch, or just come to meet friends, this will be the place to come," said Mark Cairns the Board President of the Rochester Senior Center.

The new location will feature a 51,000 square foot facility.

"There's hardly a space that's been designed that won't be used throughout the day for physical activity," said Paul Widman Director of Park & Recreation.

The Construction that began in early May will feature a wide array of workout facilities, including a pool and sauna. The additions piggy-back on an even larger plan.

"We're bringing together youth and elderly in a community setting which is very common across the country," said Senior Center Director Sally Gallagher.

The Rec Center will add improvements to the pool and hockey locker rooms bringing 125 Elton Hills Drive to life.

The new facility is expected to be complete by the fall of 2016. The old building downtown is owned by the city. It's future is now in their hands.

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