Havelock Senior Center reopens after roof repairs

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Workers from Carolina Roofing and Gutter secure plastic on the roof of the Havelock Senior Center on Monday morning. The center was closed last week and on Monday for repairs to the roof.

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 04:12 PM.

The Havelock Senior Center reopened Tuesday as workers neared the completion of a $75,000 roof renovation. 

The center was closed last week and again on Monday as the roof of the 4,000 square-foot building was replaced.

“All of our programs stopped,” said A.D. Brady, director of the center. “We couldn’t do any of the programming. No lunch, no Wii bowling, no Zumba, none of the programs. We had to close down completely, but we’re open with all the programs now.”

The Trader Avenue side of the building was not accessible to the public as workers continued the job of installing new asphalt shingles on the front. Seniors had to use what was once the front door to the building when it was Havelock’s U.S. Post Office. In 2006, it became the Havelock Senior Center.

Brady said an average of 1,400 seniors use the center every month.

When programs restarted Tuesday, the knitting club, Wii bowling league, Silver Sneakers, Canasta and Mahjongg were on the schedule.

Brady said small leaks had developed in the main room, and the city agreed to replace the roof even though it meant the closure of the center because old asbestos shingles had to be removed.

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