Central State Hospital’s Education and Work Activities Center (EWAC) building’s rebirth as a health and wellness haven nears.
Mike Couch, executive director with the CSH local redevelopment authority, said the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is moving toward declaring the EWAC building as surplus. That move would allow authority negotiations reopening the pool facility.
The CSH authority board recently received a community use proposal from Dr. Mike Martino, Georgia College exercise science professor and co-owner of Bodyplex Milledgeville.
Authority board member Dr. George Martinez spoke about the proposal during Wednesday’s board meeting.
“(Dr. Martino) presented us with a fairly detailed proposal encompassing all age groups and economic strata,” Martinez said.
Martino’s proposal includes using the CSH pool for an aquatic version of the popular SilverSneakers fitness classes for senior citizens, as well as swimming programs for underprivileged kids.
Martinez said this proposal could form an anchor in the hospital’s health and wellness repurposing pillar.
Couch said the board would engage Martino as soon as the DBHDD declared the building surplus.
“When and if the state declares it surplus, we want to get on top of it as fast as we can,” Couch said.