Many Miami-Dade seniors will soon have a new place to call home in District 11. Commissioner Joe A. Martinez will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Dr. Olga Maria Martinez Senior Center on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at the facility's future site near Kendall Drive and SW 152 Avenue, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Commissioner Martinez and Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers (LHANC) have collaborated on this project for some time, securing various sources of funding to make the senior center a reality. Commissioner Martinez assisted LHANC in acquiring the land to build the center, as well as $1.5 million in funding from a Community Development Block Grant and General Obligation Bonds. In addition, LHANC was awarded $2 million in grant money in 2008 from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Senior Capital Outlay Program.