Safety concerns force sudden closure of senior center in Pittsburgh neighborhood

Safety concerns force sudden closure of senior center in Pittsburgh neighborhood

PITTSBURGH — Safety concerns have forced a senior center in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood to close until further notice.

Morningside Healthy Active Living Center on Jancey Street was shut down because of safety concerns with the floors, Councilwoman Deb Gross posted Wednesday on Facebook.

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Officials estimate repairs will take months. The center will not open until they are complete.

The Morningside Healthy Active Living Center is closed until further notice. The Director of Parks and Recreation...

Posted by Deb Gross - Pittsburgh City Council District 7 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

It was only about a year ago when the senior center opened at its current location. It’s one of 13 Health Active Living centers in Pittsburgh, run by Citiparks, that provide a free way for people who are age 60 and older to stay active and healthy.

The sudden closure of the center in Morningside is a disappointment for seniors who rely on it.

“I guess I’m fortunate. I have a wife and kids, but if you don’t have anyone, there’s a lot of people that depend on that, and there’s a lot of people that depend on that for their lunch and a lot of people don’t get out, they go there,” Cosimo Cira, who lives in Morningside, said.

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