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April 15, 2009 > New senior center breaks ground

New senior center breaks ground

By Meenu Gupta

Scheduled to open in August 2010, the future 21,795 square feet senior center will find a new niche at 40 N. Milpitas Blvd. The senior center plan will refurbish and expand the 18,500-square-foot former Milpitas Community Library building.

The City's Project Manager, Steve Erickson, said, "The new Senior Center will include several classrooms, arts, crafts room, ping pong, pool room, fitness room, exercise room, a community room, catering kitchen, and recreation room. The building will also have offices for a social worker and nutritionist." The facility will replace the current Barbara Lee Senior Center at 540 S. Abel Street.

The Notice to proceed was issued to the building contractor, Swenson & Associates, on April 6 this year. "The contract with Swenson & Associates for the building is for $6,579,031. There will be several other FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) contracts for computers, furniture, and fitness equipment that are still being drafted," said Erickson.

"We are offering all the current programs, classes and trips. There will be nutrition classes Monday through Friday and a dining room with a catering kitchen. There will be additional computer classes, a computer room and more fitness rooms" said Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Tagalog, informing about the activities and programs at the new senior center.

The center's community hall, which will be the auditorium, will be named after Denny Weisgerber, former Mayor and Milpitas Senior Advisory Commission chair, who is also a member of the senior center. "It's a great honor and I'm highly flattered. The new senior center will be a bigger and better asset to the city" said Weisgerber.

At the April 7 city council meeting Erickson presented the progress report for the Milpitas Senior Center Project. The "Project is on schedule and on budget. The next milestone that the staff is looking forward to, is the mobilization, installation of site fencing and demolition process which will start the week of April 13," said Erickson.

Councilmember Debbie Giordano asked if the fencing will cause any traffic problems from the Milpitas community center to the city hall during construction for the coming year.

"There will certainly be some inconveniences but the users will immediately recognize that it is a construction zone," Greg Armendariz, Milpitas' public works director/city engineer, told council members.

In order to better protect the public from the hazards of heavy construction, portions of the Milpitas Civic Center parking lots will have restricted access. Access to City Hall parking is provided from North Milpitas Blvd. Access to Milpitas Community Center is from Calaveras Boulevard or Milpitas Town Center. Giordano suggested the need for temporary directional signs to inform the public.

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