Warner, Kaine announce $500,000 award for Tazewell County adult daycare center project

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Pictured is U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

FALLS MILLS, Va. — U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced the award Wednesday of $500,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a proposed adult daycare center project in Tazewell County.

The funding was awarded to the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc., in partnership with the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, to build a community service and senior facility at the former Falls Mills Elementary School site, the two lawmakers said.

“We are pleased to announce this important investment that will help build a facility to support seniors in Southwest Virginia,” Warner and Kaine said in a joint statement. “This facility will provide care for the elderly in Tazewell and lessen the burden on their families who care for them.”

The community service and senior facility will provide adult day care, serve nutritional meals to meet the needs of seniors, provide assistance with supplemental nutrition assistance program applications, and help with health care enrollment and options counseling.

The new facility will be constructed at the current site of the old Falls Mills Elementary School. If all goes as planned, demolition work on the old elementary school may begin later this year.

The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, a non-profit Virginia corporation serving the four-county area of Tazewell, Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell counties, is overseeing the development of the project.

When completed, the facility is expected to employ four full-time and 14 part-time employees within one year.

Officials are hoping to have the 8,277 square foot structure constructed and ready for occupancy by mid 2018.

The original plan was to convert the old elementary school into the daycare center. But after a feasibility study on the project was completed, it was determined it would be more economically feasible to tear down the old school and build a new facility, according to an earlier report by Northern District Board of Supervisor member Maggie Asbury.

Since its inception in 1965, the ARC has generated over 300,000 jobs and $10 billion for the 25 million Americans living in Appalachia, according to Warner and Kaine.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com