The East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging Purchases Property to Expand Meal Services.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging has purchased 2.8 acres to meet the demands of meals on wheels and congregate meals services. The property, located on North 18th Street, will be the site of a new 25,000 square feet facility that will provide much-needed space for preparing home-delivered meals to seniors and congregate (hot) meals that are delivered to the 26 senior centers and feeding sites across the parish.
“We have performed miracles in the current, but outdated, facility and I am eager to begin construction on a new state of the art building that will accommodate the ever-increasing needs of seniors in our Parish,” said Tasha Clark-Amar, CEO.
The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has been housed at the 5790 Florida Boulevard location for over 30 years. The new facility will not only include a commercial kitchen and meal packing facility, but also a space for administrative offices for more than 60 employees and parking for the agency’s fleet of Meals on Wheels vans.
“The North 18th/Fuqua site has been an abandoned property in my district for a number of years. I am proud the Council on Aging is not only expanding services for seniors but investing in a much-needed area of the Parish,” said Councilwoman Tara Wicker.
The Council on Aging will begin the design phase of the new development in January, with hopes of moving into the new building in approximately 18 months.
“Many thanks to our board of directors and staff for all their hard work bringing this vision to fruition. The entire parish will benefit from this investment in seniors, and the community as a whole,” said board chairwoman Jennifer Moisant.