City leaders are interested in renovating the Senior Center, but are not ready to jump into a multimillion dollar investment.
The City Council reviewed proposed renovation plans for the center at 2512 Glade Road during a May 28 work session. The work would start in 2016.
The proposal, presented by Aaron Babcock of Hidell and Associates, would reconfigure the former church building to make the center’s program more efficient.
“The facility itself is starting to get used more and more, but there are a lot of barriers in the building,” Babcock told the Council. “The biggest thing we can tell you is we can increase the programming even more.”
Babcock said changes would allow for more simultaneous programming for all of the community, but still maintain a space for seniors.
The favorite proposal would create a physical connection between the main building to the annex, add a new ADA-compliant restroom and reconfigure rooms to be more square than rectangular, making them more flexible for a variety of activities and programs.
The proposal included two phases, with phase one starting in 2016 and phase two in 2020. Babcock estimated the total capital cost would be between $2.1 million and $2.7 million.
Most council members agreed that phase one, which would connect the two buildings, was a must for safety and efficiency.
Mayor David Kelly shared concerns over the return on investment for such a large amount of money. He used the library as an example, because after phase one its construction, demand showed that the second phase needed to be completed.
“With the library, we knew because we already had the demand busting at the seams,” he said. “Will [the senior center] increase demand or still stay not much usage.”
Councilman Chuck Mogged and other council members showed more interest in using funding for changes to the Colleyville Center, where city leaders have considered making changes to make it a better destination for city events.
The City Council and Colleyville Center Advisory Committee will have a joint session on June 30 to generate a vision for the future of the Colleyville Center