Senior Center Study

The purpose of the Senior Center Study is to provide a preliminary study on a new senior center that:

1. promotes the health and well-being, social interactions and independence of senior individuals

2. Responds to the needs and interests of a diverse population of seniors from different cultural, generational and socioeconomic backgrounds, and with increasingly complex social and physical needs

3. Meets the community’s needs within reasonable budget

4. Provides reliable cost estimate for funding effort and/or bond election

5. Explores funding opportunities and sustainable funding streams

6. Creates an amenity that attracts potential businesses and residents 

Membership at the T.E. Harman Center is up 300% since the Center’s relocation in 2011. Attendance at senior programs has also seen significant increases over the past several years with the most popular programs being yoga, dance and language classes.

Project Goals and Objectives

  • Goal/Objective 1: Confirm a long term plan for the future of the senior facility / program
  • Goal/Objective 2: Get support from senior adults
  • Goal/Objective 3: Considerations for future bond election
  • Goal/Objective 4: Get Council consensus on the City’s vision     
  • Goal/Objective 5: Consider alternative solutions (retail space)

Study's Focus Areas

  • Current programmable space vs demand
  • Existing building opportunities and constraints
  • Existing site opportunities and constraints for expansion 
  • Public input / understanding general community needs (ie transportation)   
  • Determine unmet needs due to space constraints
  • Benchmark best practices for senior programs and facilities 
  • Analysis of alternative location options
  • Cost estimates based on preferred options