Early next year, Redwood City officials are set to hold a series of community design workshops on plans to rebuild and expand the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and Sequoia YMCA facility into one “shared inter-generational community center” at Palm Park.
In the works since 2011, the joint project’s next steps include an open house event on Jan. 17, followed by design collaboration meetings on Jan. 31 and Feb. 22. All three meetings run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Redwood Room of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave.
The project will involve replacing a number of campus buildings, including the Veterans Memorial Building, Herkner Pool, Wellness Center (Old 49er Building), Resource Building (City Administration and Senior Center Gift Shop), and the NFL Alumni Building.
It would also free up the land on Hudson Street where the Y currently sits, which would be made available for the city to begin a new land-use public planning process.
The VMSC-YMCA project plans include a brand new, modern VMSC with “a theater, catering kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, senior club room, non-profit partner offices, gardening space, and technology hub,” according to the city. The plans would not raise the cost on senior programs, it added.
The YMCA would feature “a health and wellness center, swimming pools, child care, and a variety of multipurpose spaces for adult, youth and family programs,” the city said.
“The revised design proposal will provide better integration of the new facilities within Red Morton Park, preserving valued open green space,” the city said.
The city and the YMCA are working with ELS Architecture and Urban Design.
To learn more and view a new project video, go here.