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SOWEGA to sell items from future senior center site

Izzie Sadler, development director for SOWEGA Council on Aging, left, and SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind are offering school items in a sale/give-a-way, starting at 9 a.m., Friday at the former Byne High School on Society Ave., as they make way for the new senior center scheduled to open in 2013.

Izzie Sadler, development director for SOWEGA Council on Aging, left, and SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind are offering school items in a sale/give-a-way, starting at 9 a.m., Friday at the former Byne High School on Society Ave., as they make way for the new senior center scheduled to open in 2013.

ALBANY -- Some of the area's schools or churches -- or anyone looking for some extra storage space -- may be in luck on Friday if they are wanting to get some furniture or equipment at a reduced price.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging, in preparation to make way for its new Albany senior center, is soliciting the community's help in clearing out some of the items at the site of the former Byne Memorial Baptist Church property at which the center is set to be built.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Friday at the site, located at 313 W. Society Ave.

The items include basketball goals ranging from $30-$50, lockers at $20 a set, book selves for $30 each, chalk and dry erase boards at $20 each and teacher desks at $40 each.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there had already been a few schools that had expressed interest in the sale, officials say.

"We are selling them (the items) for next to nothing," said Izzie Sadler, development director for SOWEGA. "It's a good opportunity for small schools or churches. It helps empty the building, and to get the items at a good price."

There will be staff members at the sale assisting with the purchases. Buyers are responsible for movement of the items. Those who purchase the items on site can arrange for them to be picked up later if necessary, Sadler said.

Officials are looking to have the items cleared out by the end of the month so that work can begin on renovating the facility for the new center.

"Our general contractors will be in there soon," Sadler said.

In the 14-county area the council serves, there are a total of 15 senior centers including two located in Albany. The new center is expected to bring those two centers, as well as the offices based in Albany, together under one roof.

Over the last several months, there has been a capital fundraising campaign ongoing to help raise funds for the facility -- which is anticipated to cost an estimated $7 million.

"We won't know (the final figure) until the bids come in, which should be next month," Sadler said.

To date, there has been $6.2 million raised. The three-story facility, which will include office space, a computer lab, an arts and crafts area, classroom and wellness space, among other things, is set to be open by the end of next year, Sadler said.

Aside from private donations, the campaign has also included SOWEGA's annual comedy night in June, the Empty Bowls event that took place in January and the "Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz" event set for May 5 at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club.

The items at the facility will be sold as is. Cash or check is the preferred method of payment at the site. The proceeds from the sale will go toward the capital campaign, Sadler said.

For more information, call the center at (229) 432-1124 or visit www.sowegacoa.org.