Envisioning the Future of Redmond Senior Center

Two seniors

The City of Redmond’s Senior Center closed in September 2019 while a planned structural assessment was conducted to identify long term maintenance and repairs. The assessment showed extensive water damage to the exterior walls and structural elements of the facility.

The results of the assessment and closure of the Senior Center has prompted the City to engage with residents to re-envision the building space and programs, and listen to how the community wants to use the Senior Center in the future.

The goal of any redevelopment project would be to have a facility open to the public in three years or less.

This situation provides an opportunity to explore some of the goals from the 2017 Community Priorities for the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers which included:

  1. Urgency: Within five years, provide community center(s) to meet Redmond’s most
    urgent needs
  2. Partnerships: Explore a variety of partnership models
  3. Location: Locate future community center(s) in Downtown and the Marymoor subarea
    of Southeast Redmond
  4. Funding: Develop a funding package that leverages funding from a variety of sources,
    such as city funds, grants, private contributions, partnerships, and a possible property tax
    increase
  5. Community Engagement: Continue strong communications about progress and engage
    the community in interim decisions throughout the process
  6. Spaces: Meet Redmond’s needs for priority spaces, including:
    • Aquatics and fitness
    • Flexible spaces for cultural arts and events
    • Flexible community spaces for meetings, classes, and gatherings

The City of Redmond’s Senior Center closed in September 2019 while a planned structural assessment was conducted to identify long term maintenance and repairs. The assessment showed extensive water damage to the exterior walls and structural elements of the facility.

The results of the assessment and closure of the Senior Center has prompted the City to engage with residents to re-envision the building space and programs, and listen to how the community wants to use the Senior Center in the future.

The goal of any redevelopment project would be to have a facility open to the public in three years or less.

This situation provides an opportunity to explore some of the goals from the 2017 Community Priorities for the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers which included:

  1. Urgency: Within five years, provide community center(s) to meet Redmond’s most
    urgent needs
  2. Partnerships: Explore a variety of partnership models
  3. Location: Locate future community center(s) in Downtown and the Marymoor subarea
    of Southeast Redmond
  4. Funding: Develop a funding package that leverages funding from a variety of sources,
    such as city funds, grants, private contributions, partnerships, and a possible property tax
    increase
  5. Community Engagement: Continue strong communications about progress and engage
    the community in interim decisions throughout the process
  6. Spaces: Meet Redmond’s needs for priority spaces, including:
    • Aquatics and fitness
    • Flexible spaces for cultural arts and events
    • Flexible community spaces for meetings, classes, and gatherings