Persistence paid off for Bay Village when it came to seeking improvements for the Dwyer Center.
City officials were notified late last week that Bay Village has been awarded a $49,500 grant from Cuyahoga County to make American with Disabilities Act improvements to facilities at the Dwyer Center. The city must provide a match of $1,000 so the improvements to the senior area can made.
“It’s the second time we’ve applied,” Finance Director Steve Presley said. “The good thing is we can get going pretty quickly on this, since it comes in July.”
Mayor Debbie Sutherland said the work will make a difference for patrons of the center.
“It’s something we have definitely needed to get done,” she said. “That’s why we went after it again.”
She said it will cover improvements which will makemore accessiblefor people who use the center regularly.
“We get a lot of people coming and going in there,” she said. “So it’s going to go into areas which see a lot of that use.”
Sutherland said the funds will go toward improving doors, entrances and other areas used on a regular basis by people at the center.
“It’s the type of project the county seeks when they put these grants out there,” she said. “You have to meet the criteria for use and this one was in that area with the use, by the seniors.”
City officials have also moved ahead on other building studies and improvements with energy efficiency grants and other work.
“The nice thing about this one is that it won’t cost us much,” she said. “We get the assistance from this grant.”
City Council President Brian Cruse said it will help the city provide needed upgrades to a well-used facility.
“It’s going to make it easier for a lot of people,” he said.
Cruse said it was too early to tell if the city could use it as a springboard to additional improvements at Dwyer Center.
Community Services Director Debbie Bock said the center staff and its patrons are excited about getting the grant and the improvements that will be made as a result of it.
“It’s great because all the wonderful programs and services that we offer won’t do people any good if people can’t get in the doors to access them,” she said.
Bock cited the closing several years ago of the Friendship Center and basement of the Community House for community services when discussing the importance of the grant.
“We put those services over into this building,” she said. “The improvements that will be made with this grant are the next step in improvements to services we offer to our community.”
She said the center will continue to offers its regular services while the work is going on.