08.02.05

Burr Announces $1 Million Loan for Cherokee County

Funds to build wellness center

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $1 million United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan for Cherokee County. The funds, made available by Rural Development's Community Facility Direct Loan Program, will cover the construction costs of a wellness center.

"We must encourage every North Carolinian to stay active and fit to fight obesity and cardiovascular diseases," said Senator Burr. "The wellness and prevention programs these funds bring to Cherokee County are key to the long-term health of individuals and the surrounding communities, allowing us to address healthcare problems before they become healthcare crises."

Cherokee County officials will build a wellness center complete with health education classrooms, a fitness center, cardiovascular and exercise equipment, an aerobics area, a nursery and an indoor swimming pool. Plans to build the facility were drawn up after a recent health assessment found the range of chronic health problems from which Cherokee County citizens suffered to be significantly above State and National averages.

Community Facility Direct Loans cover construction and improvement costs of public health facilities in rural areas.

The loan was approved over 40 years at a rate of 4.125 percent.