Eastgate Senior Center is staying for now

photo Audrey Mathes line dances on Thursday while at the Eastgate Senior Center in Eastgate Town Center, which she has been using for two years.

The Eastgate Senior Center is likely safe for now. Though without much help from Chattanooga officials, seniors say.

The center's advisory board negotiated directly with Eastgate Town Center managers, who have agreed to allow the seniors to stay at their own center rent-free -- as they have for the last 18 years -- if Mayor Andy Berke's office signs off on the agreement next week.

After seniors found out they would be evicted by July 31 from their current location, more than 50 seniors rallied at the City Council meeting Tuesday night to complain that they had been abandoned.