Members of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners pose for a photo during their Jan. 15, 2019 meeting. They are (L to R) Nancy Jester, Larry Johnson, Steve Bradshaw, presiding officer Jeff Rader, Mereda Davis Johnson, Kathie Gannon and Lorraine Cochran-Johnson. (TIA MITCHELL/TIA.MITCHELL@AJC.COM)

DeKalb News: Federal dollars to help build new community centers

DeKalb County is moving forward on plan to replace an aging recreational center in Scottdale and construct a brand new one in Stone Mountain using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.

The first project, a new senior center at 4875 Elam Road in Stone Mountain, takes advantage of a $7.4 million HUD loan. The 21,000 square-foot facility will also have a swimming pool.

DeKalb currently has six other senior centers.

The second is a replacement facility for the aging Tobie Grant Recreational Center. That $6.3 million project has been in the works for years, but now the county is in line for $3 million in HUD Community Development Block Grant funds to get construction underway.

The new Tobie Grant center will include a gymnasium, reading room and resource center, fitness center and rooms for dance lessons and crafting. The county’s park bond revenue and general fund will also be used to complete the facility located at 593 Parkdale Drive.

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