Town Center full opening not until March 2; new Senior Center Jan. 6

Despite some unforeseen construction delays, a ribbon cutting at the new Farragut Community Center is on schedule to kick off a milestone year, as the Town celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020.

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at the new facility along Jamestowne Boulevard near its intersection with North Campbell Station Road.

“If the weather cooperates, this will be held outdoors in the same area where the announcement was made about the joint effort,” Town Park & Recreation director Sue Stuhl said.

While West Knox County Senior Center, the downstairs portion of the building, is expected to be open for full activities starting Monday, Jan. 6, according to coordinator Darrell Gooding, the Farragut Community Center top level will only offer a few classes and programs prior to a tentative “official” opening listed as March 2.

In the meantime, staffers will be readying the facility while training new part-time employees.

The public will be able to view the community center on the day of the ribbon cutting, then starting Feb. 3, Stuhl said as she shared tentative plans for the upcoming months.

The project has been a roughly one-year undertaking at the former Faith Lutheran Church facility, which purchased the former St. John Neumann Catholic Church site next door and moved several years ago.