MILTON, Ga. – Fulton County and the city of Milton will have a new place for seniors to gather – the Hopewell House, at the corner of Hopewell Road and Birmingham Road, had its groundbreaking July 16 to turn the historic home into a senior center and event center.
The 2.5-acre site, which contains the nearly 4,000-square-foot, two-story home, dates back to at least the mid-1800s, according to local historians. The city bought the property in 2011.
“This is very exciting,” said Mayor Joe Lockwood. “We are fortunate to be able to preserve what we think is one of the oldest properties in Milton. We are putting it to a great use.”
Until the senior center is complete, Senior Services North Fulton (SSNF) has been operating out of the Community of Christ Church, on Francis Road.
“Today is a great day for North Fulton seniors and Milton,” said Carrie Bellware, executive director of SSNF. “A permanent senior center in Milton is a reality.”
SSNF is a county program helping seniors by providing them transportation, activities, learning and socializing. They also help provide Meals on Wheels, food delivered for home-bound seniors. There are 19 senior centers in the county, which provides more programming for seniors than any other Georgia county, said Sarah Hilton with the Fulton County Office of Aging. Last year, the group helped 1,600 seniors, a 22 percent increase over the prior year, Bellware said.
“The need is tremendous,” Bellware said. “The demographics are startling. The population is aging more and more.”
And as they age, she said, they are choosing North Fulton to reside.
“This area has been underserved,” said Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, referring to Milton. “The senior population is growing and we are just getting started.”
The Hopewell Center will provide art classes, exercise and group activities.
The cost for running the new senior center is $295,000, with the money coming from the county annually. Newnan-based Headley Construction will handle all renovations to the home and site at a cost of $632,000.
The renovations are to be completed by the end of the year.