Ribbon Cut on Senior Center in Logan
The Old School House will have a new life thanks to restoration
(Logan Twp., NJ) – After being closed for the past nine years, the Old Bridgeport School was reopened today as the new Logan Township Senior Center. Gloucester County Freeholders, Logan officials and members of the senior citizen community joined today to celebrate the major renovations.
Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “This was a very large undertaking but the county was committed to being a partner in this renovation with Logan Township so that the senior residents of this community could have a place to call their own.”
Freeholder Heather Simmons, liaison to the Department of Economic Development said that Gloucester County allocated $231,000 of Community Development Block Grant funding to assist Logan Township in the $300,000 renovation of the building.
“This building still had life left in it, even after it had seen some hard times,” said Simmons. “We are very pleased to be a part of restoring this building so its occupants have a beautiful place to call their own,” Freeholder Simmons stated.
The Bridgeport School was constructed in 1897 and originally consisted of three classrooms and served grades K-8. Numerous renovations were made to the building where the structure continued to serve K-8 until 1963 when it was used as a municipal building until 1995.The structure continued to serve various groups including seniors and the historical society. In 2004 a water main break force the indefinite closure of the building causing it to fall it in a state of disrepair. In 2010 the Township of Logan declared the structure to officially be designated as a senior center.
To restore the building for public use structural upgrades were made, the installation of an ADA ramp at the entrance, replacement windows, roof rehabilitation, restoration of the interior architectural detail, interior ceiling and flooring restoration, retrofit of the existing main floor restrooms for ADA accessibility, and electrical and HVAC improvements were made. The parking lot was resurfaced and replacement fencing and landscape repair was also completed.