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.
  • At the June 23 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.
  • On 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.
  • At the Parks and Human Services Committee on August 4, additional discussion was held with City Council about the upcoming decision. 
  • On Tuesday August 11, 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.
  • On Tuesday, September 1, Director Hite continued the conversation with City Council at the Parks and Human Services Council Committee of the Whole meeting.

What's Next?

A Council decision on this project was scheduled for the City Council Business Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. City Council passed a motion (4-3) to postpone further discussion and decision making for this project to the City Council Special Meeting on October 22, 2020.  If approval is received, a scope of work will be created to go out to bid for the designer and contractor for this project. There will be opportunities throughout the process to expedite the project to ensure that the urgent three year timeline is met.

We invite you to tune in for this meeting. For remote viewing, please visit Redmond.gov/RCTV or the City of Redmond Facebook. All meetings can also be viewed on Comcast Channel 21, Frontier Channel 34 or listen live by calling (510) 335-7371. 

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.