The City of Traverse City is thrilled that the State of Michigan has allocated $7 Million toward the Senior Center.
In 2018, the City and Grand Traverse County formed an Ad Hoc Committee to determine future reconstruction of the Senior Center. The partners engaged local firm, Environment Architects, for professional services for design and construction of a new Senior Center. In 2020, the project was estimated to cost $5.6 Million and now is estimated at $7.5 Million. In 2022, an Ad Hoc Committee was formed to discuss the future of the Senior Center and explore funding options that included a local millage, capital campaigns, and grant funding. Discussions for a higher millage request on the November 8, 2022 ballot have been explored for bond payments and the operation costs for the Senior Center Network. The City Commission took no action on a millage proposal after learning of the $7 Million allocation this past week and briefly discussed the future project and intergovernmental agreement with Grand Traverse County
The Senior Center is located on City parkland at 801 East Front Street on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. In 2011, the City and County signed an intergovernmental agreement for Senior Center Management. Since then, the Grand Traverse County’s Senior Center Network has managed day to day operations and programming at the Senior Center. Most recently, Grand Traverse County conducted a community wide survey for the use of $18.2 Million in ARPA funds. The number one critical infrastructure need identified was the Senior Center.