UTHCT and TASCA to end lease agreement

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) has notified the Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association (TASCA) that it is ending its lease agreement with the association. The activity center is a 23,000 square-foot facility at 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler. Located on 22.5 acres of land, the facility has a large auditorium with a stage, as well as numerous smaller meeting rooms.

The Health Center began leasing the Ornelas Activity Center in Oct. 2004 for the sole purpose of expanding the programs and services of its Center for Healthy Aging with initial plans to work toward the purchase of the facility and surrounding property. Since that time, UTHSCT has undergone an extensive financial reorganization with a renewed focus on its mission of providing quality patient care, medical education, and clinical research.

UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said, “Our Center for Healthy Aging is an important part of our mission, and we remain very supportive of TASCA and its long-term goals.”

UTHSCT will continue to financially support TASCA through Nov. 30, 2006. Individuals, organizations, and businesses that have outstanding contracts after that date will be notified that TASCA has reassumed responsibility for the facility and any events held there. In addition, UTHSCT will work with the TASCA board to ensure a smooth transition.

“UTHSCT plays a vital role in caring for the citizens of East Texas and the Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association has enjoyed our shared relationship with UT Health Science Center,” said Larry Whitaker, TASCA board president. “We understand their decision not to pursue purchase of the Ornelas Activity Center, and we thank UTHSCT for the support they have provided over the last two years.”

TASCA is a nonprofit organization formed in 1991 to meet the social and educational needs of the growing population of senior citizens in the Tyler area and surrounding communities.

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