A new Senior Center is on the horizon! In 2018, the City of Traverse 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. The project saw a major boost in 2022 when a $7 Million allocation from the State of Michigan was provided.
The City has worked with Environment Architects since that time to refine design elements and prepare to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP). Design drawings are at 50% and the updated cost estimate is approximately $10.6 million. Final design documents are to be provided by July 14, 2023. Accurate cost will not be achieved without receiving proposals through RFP process.
Proposed Project Timeline
July 14, 2023: Final Designs Completed
July 17, 2023: Request for Proposals Issued
August 4, 2023: Deadline for Proposals
August 21, 2023: City Commission to Consider Recommended Contractor
September 2023: Construction Anticipated to Begin
Proposed Project Elements
Square footage will increase from 5,780 to over 18,114 (including exterior spaces, such as patios). The building will be oriented to the north to open park space and views of the public beach from Front Street, and will include exterior covered spaces to maximize the outdoor opportunities and the views along the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay.
The goal of rebuilding the Senior Center will require planning for various project elements, some of which may be implemented at a later time due to funding constraints. Fortunately, initial planning has identified cost savings for certain elements, providing some relief in the budget.
To achieve accurate cost, it is necessary to receive proposals through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Currently, approximately $8,100,000 of available funds have been identified, which include a commitment of City of Traverse City ARPA funds in the amount of $500,000 and a $7,000,000 allocation from the State of Michigan. The project has a funding gap of $2,500,000.
The City is working closely with Grand Traverse County to identify eligible funding sources. In addition, the Friends of the Senior Center have played an active role in the process to seek additional funding.
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Total Estimated Project Funding
Total Project Funding Gap