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City approves $320,000 allocation for senior center expansion

Project would add 2,900 square feet in classrooms and storage space


A push to expand the West Linn Adult Community Center took a significant step forward Monday, as the City Council voted unanimously to approve an allocation of $320,000 toward the project.

The vote authorized the city to update its Systems Development Charge (SDC) project list, deducting the $320,000 from a “Future Regional Parks” project and adding it to the Adult Community Center Expansion. The project is estimated to cost a total of $830,000.

“We’re projecting a total budget of $830,000, and none of that is any West Linn tax dollars yet, other than our staff time,” Parks and Recreation Director Ken Worcester said. “(The project) has been funded through grants, the sale of a home we bought for a dollar in Willamette a few years back, an $80,000 contribution from the Friends of the Adult Community Center and the ($320,000) SDCs.”

The plan, according to Worcester, is to add an estimated 2,900 square feet of space to the 6,200 square foot community center, the majority of which being earmarked for classrooms and storage. The project would also add more than 20 new parking spaces to the facility.

The community center will remain open during the construction period, Worcester said, “so there will be very little interruption.” The city’s goal is to have the additions completed by December 2015.

The Adult Community Center first opened back in December 2002. When a conditional use permit was approved for the community center in 2001, a projected expansion was listed at 1,133 square feet. The increase to 2,900, as the city wrote in its development application, is due to “the growth of the popularity of the activities at the Adult Community Center and the growing population of older adults in our community.”

“My mother and mother-in-law frequently go to classes there,” City Councilor Jenni Tan said. “Anytime I go, it’s just a hub of activity there ... I’m so glad we’re moving forward with this expansion.”

To learn more about the project, visit westlinnoregon.gov/planning/1180-rosemont-road-class-ii-design-review-addition-adult-community-center.

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