Senior Center construction finally begins

Tara Carter

Approximately 50 senior citizens will be able to call a part of the Cerritos College campus their home in the spring of 2002.

Now currently under construction, Cerritos College has leased the city of Cerritos one-third of the land now known as the strawberry patch to build a senior citizen assisted care living facility.

Developers have already paid Cerritos College approximately $156,000, one-half of the ground lease rent, and when construction is complete developers will also pay the college $330,666, the full renters fee, along with an additional participation rent of 2.5 percent of the gross revenue.

Although it is not certain what the is money is going to be used for, Micheal Sebak, director of physical plants for Cerritos College, said “the money is earmarked for student success, things around campus that will improve the ability of students to get around to use the campus and the classrooms.”

Cerritos College students will not just benefit from the money that the senior center will generate, but also from the senior citizens themselves.

Because of its proximity to classrooms, nursing and cosmetology instructors will integrate frequent visits to the center, allowing students to obtain experience in their chosen field of study.

Cerritos students are greeting the senior center with a warm reception. “I think the senior center will help the nursing program a lot,” says Nohelia Fonseca, a student who will be entering the nursing program in the spring.

“Students will be able to use the skills they learn in class and immediately apply them to a real situation, I’m excited about it.”

Prospective residents are also enthusiastic about the senior center completion.

Arthur Walking, a 77- year-old Cerritos resident said “I would enjoy living in the center, maybe some the college students youthfulness would rub off on me.”