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Since its grand opening on May 30, 2007, the Seymour Center has hosted thousands of older adults with the goal of promoting healthy aging and active retirement.  The multi-purpose, 25,000 square-foot facility is located on the scenic 34.5 acre Orange County Human Services Campus. We owe a great debt to Orange County for funding the building and for staffing it with competent and creative people.




 
"Mr and Mrs Seymour"
Soft Pastel on Wallis paper by
Rebecca Margolese-Malin


 A DREAM FULFILLED

 
In 1990, under the leadership and guidance of Robert E. Seymour, Reverend Emeritus of Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, a Chapel Hill/Orange County task force was formed to develop a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of Southern Orange County senior citizens into the 21st century.

Along with Rev. Seymour, Betty Landsberger, Lee Pavao, Moses Carey, Don Willhoit, Jerry Passmore, Janice Tyler, Alan Rimer, R.D. Smith, Harry Phillips, Ruth Eddy, Mike Loveman, Melody Trent, John Link, Albert Kittrell, Harold Murdock, and Norman Gustaveson served on the task force.

Among its many recommendations, the task force proposed the construction of a multi-purpose senior center to be located on land owned by Orange County on Homestead Road adjacent to the Human Services Center.

Until a permanent facility could be built, a temporary senior center was established at the Galleria Shopping Center at 400 South Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. In January, 1992, the temporary Chapel Hill Senior Center officially opened its doors and became an immediate success, attracting older adults from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and other parts of Southern Orange County.

In 2001, Orange County voters overwhelmingly approved the bond issue to build the Seymour Center. In 2004, Gurlitz Architects of Durham was retained to design the senior center under a $322,000 contract. Upon completion of the design work the following year, Resolute Building Company was awarded a $5.2 million contract to construct the center. On May 30, 2005, ground was broken for the new center at 2551 Homestead Road. It was named the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in honor of one of its founders and his wife. Upon its opening in 2007, the facility became Orange County’s first multi-purpose senior center.

The spacious, 25,000 square-foot, two-story brick structure features an 80-seat theater, a well-equipped fitness studio, a great hall where food is served and large functions are held, 28 small-to-large-sized meeting rooms to accommodate classes and meetings, a kitchen where food is prepared, a reception area, and Orange County Department on aging employee offices.

 
Welcome to our beautiful facility!  We hope you'll accept our warm invitation to join other senior citizens of our community and participate in all our events, programs, and activities.





 

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Friends of the Seymour Center,
Aug 16, 2012, 3:13 PM
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