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February 4, 2009 > The new Milpitas Senior Center

The new Milpitas Senior Center

By Meenu Gupta

The City of Milpitas has completed the design of the new Senior Center, to be constructed at the site of the former library. Construction will start in early March and be completed in mid 2010.

The old Milpitas Library will be renovated and expanded from 18,500 square feet to 21,975 square feet to house the new Senior Center. 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 Community Library building, within the Milpitas Civic Center complex.

When asked about the need for the change, Project Manager Julie Waldron said, "The existing structure is approximately 27 years old and in need of many repairs and upgrades. Also, the existing layout is for a library and would not accommodate the needs of the seniors."

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/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 with 181 seats, (22) 5 foot round tables, and a caterer's kitchen. Site improvements include upgrading the entry plaza, renovating and upgrading exterior courtyard areas, new landscaping, and upgrading the parking lot to the west of the building.

"The new senior center will have an arts and crafts area, computer lab, game room, fitness and dance rooms, and a ping pong/pool room," said Waldron.

"The Senior Center will also feature a catering kitchen, and an approximately 4,000 square feet community room. There will be new landscaping on around the site" she said.

The total cost of the project is $15,500,000. The interim Senior Center will remain in operation until construction is complete in spring of 2010.

"The Barbara Lee Senior Center on Abel Street will remain in operation until the new Senior Center is complete," said Waldron.

"It hasn't been determined what will happen with the Barbara Lee Senior Center once it is vacated" added Senior Center Supervisor Jennifer Tagalog.

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