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November 5, 2008 > New Senior Center

New Senior Center

By Meenu Gupta

The City of Milpitas is currently completing the design for a new Senior Center. TCV had a chance to interview Project Manager, Julie Waldron.

TCV: What will happen to the existing Milpitas Senior Center programs?

Julie: The Milpitas Senior Center Project will relocate the existing Milpitas Senior Center programs from their current location at the interim Barbara Lee Senior Center, located on Abel Street in Milpitas, to the existing Milpitas Library building, within the Milpitas Civic Center complex.

TCV: When will the relocation take place?

Julie: This relocation would occur after the existing library services move to a new building on North Main Street in Milpitas.

TCV: When is the new library building scheduled to open?

Julie: The new library building is presently under construction and is scheduled to open in February 2009.

TCV: What is the agenda of the project?

Julie: Once vacant, the existing library building will be remodeled and expanded to provide an approximately 22,000 square foot Senior Center facility. Improvements include, the construction of entry/lobby, social lounge with a hearth, a reception counter, coffee bar, arts and crafts studio, computer media classroom, classroom and meeting room, a pool and ping-pong game room, and a separate game room for various board and card games, a fitness room and a group exercise room/dance studio. The expansion will provide a community room that could seat approximately 200 people, and a caterer's kitchen. Site improvements include upgrading the entry plaza, renovating, upgrading exterior courtyard areas new landscaping, and upgrading the parking lot to the west of the building.

TCV: Till when will the interim senior center remain functional? What happens to it after that?

Julie: The interim Senior Center will remain in operation until construction is complete in spring of 2010. The City has not yet determined what will happen with the interim Senior Center after the New Senior Center opens. The Senior Center Staff is looking forward to the programming at the new senior center especially with the improved and expanded facility space and new features such as the fitness room and game rooms. We really wanted the new facility to have features that made the facility more resort-like and think we have achieved that with the fireplace and social areas. We are excited about the new facility and look forward to serving our clients there.

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