Envision the Future of the Redmond Senior Center Building

Redmond Senior & Community Center

The Redmond Senior Center closed in September 2019 after it was discovered that the structural integrity of the building was compromised and could not be occupied until structural repairs were made. A structural review of the Redmond Senior Center showed the building needed to be renovated or demolished and rebuilt. 

Community Outreach & Public Input

Two back-to-back community-driven campaigns in January and February 2020, guided by the Recreation Stakeholders, invited all members of the community to share their vision for the Redmond Senior Center building. Community priorities and values identified in the 2017 Community Priorities for the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers Report were revisited in which the community acknowledged the need for more community centers, fitness, and community event spaces. During the community engagement process, the community was asked to evaluate options from renovating the Senior Center, to expanding it and including some new amenities. 

After the first meeting and online questionnaire in January 2020, the project team compiled comments and data from the public meeting, stakeholder meetings, and the online questionnaire to develop concepts to share with the community at another meeting. The second meeting and online questionnaire took place in February 2020. 

Following the second meeting and questionnaire, the project team compiled the comments and data to finalize a recommendation for City Council in partnership with the Community Centers Stakeholder Group.

The Final Recommendation

The final recommendation from the Stakeholder Group Summary is to construct a 40,000 square foot Community Center with designated program space for seniors on the site of the existing Redmond Senior Center. This new facility is being referred to as the Redmond Senior and Community Center

The Stakeholder Group Summary Report was originally scheduled for discussion at the March 24, 2020 City Council Study Session. Due to COVID-19, it was postponed and City Council received a copy of the Stakeholder Group Summary Report as Information Only. 

Significant progress has been made on this project since March 2020: 

  • City Council passed a resolution to authorize the application process for the GCCM (General Contractor and Construction Manager). This method allows for an alternate bid approach and allows the City to hire both the designer and contractor to work together in the build process. The State of Washington Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) approved the GCCM application for the City to proceed with this method on May 9, 2020.
  • The proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) 2021-2026 outlines the priorities for the next six years. The Redmond Senior and Community Center is a top priority with $20 million designated for this project in the CIP and an additional $25 million in tax revenue for a total project budget of $45 million. This proposal is subject to City Council approval.
  • June 23. 2020 - At the City Council Study Session, City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to decommission and demolish the Redmond Senior Center building. City staff will move forward with an RFQ process to seek bids to move forward with this work. This decision will save $180,000 in one year and significant staff time. In addition, decommissioning the building in the dry season will be more efficient than waiting until next winter.
  • July 28, 2020 - The City Council Study Session held a discussion reviewing the recommendations in the final report. This discussion included presentations from Recreation Stakeholders.
  • August 4, 2020 - Additional discussion was held with City Council about the upcoming decision at the Parks and Human Services Committee.
  • August 11, 2020 - Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite attended the Planning and Public Works Council Committee meeting to continue the conversation about the Envisioning the Future of the Senior and Community Center project. The final recommendation from the Redmond Recreation Stakeholder Group and community was brought forward.
  • September 1, 2020 - Director Hite continued the conversation with City Council at the Parks and Human Services Council Committee of the Whole meeting.
  • September 15, 2020 - The Council was requested to make a policy decision. A motion was put forward to authorize the City to construct a 42,000 square foot building with optional expansion capabilities on the site of the previous Senior Center, with costs not to exceed $46.7 million and using capital improvement and councilmanic bonds as the funding mechanism. After much deliberation on this topic, this motion was not voted on, and City Council approved a motion (4-3) to postpone the decision until October 22.
  • October 22, 2020 - The Redmond City Council unanimously authorized the Mayor to repurpose $15 million allocated for the Redmond Senior and Community Center in the 2019-2020 budget. The budget will now fund additional community involvement and the design of a new facility to be located on the site of the existing Redmond Senior Center.

What's Next?

While a policy decision on the size and cost of the building was not provided by City Council on October 22, the motion does authorize the City to move forward with a design process in alignment with the final recommendation from the community and ensures that the senior community must be involved at every step of the process. As part of the design process, the City will engage the seniors and Redmond community on the design and amenities of the building. City staff will return to City Council with schematic designs and cost estimates in mid-2021.

For more information about this process, please email Carrie Hite, Parks and Recreation Director. The Final Building Investigation Report is also available.  

Senior Center Services & Resources

For more information regarding Senior Center Services & Resources, please click here.

Stakeholder Group Summary Report

To view the final report from the Stakeholder Group that has been presented to City Council, please click here.

Remembering the Redmond Senior Center Building

As the City prepares to take down the old Redmond Senior Center (RSC) building, we want to take some time to recall all the wonderful programs, moments and memories that were shared at the RSC.