Colorado Springs Senior Center Renovation

Planning Phase

Background

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Exterior of the existing Colorado Springs Senior Center

Exterior of the existing Colorado Springs Senior Center

The Colorado Springs Senior Center in the Golf Acres shopping complex has served tens of thousands of residents over the last 50 years, providing an invaluable service to the community. The current facility is however in need of significant repairs. Recognizing the value of this building and service to its residents, the City of Colorado Springs has committed to providing a safer, larger, more accommodating facility for Senior Center patrons.  The new facility will still be located at the same city-owned property, Golf Acres.
 

The city expects to spend $8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding on a new structure that will provide approximately 25,000 square feet, up from the 17,100 square feet in the existing building. Planning will include the selection of site location on the Golf Acres property, along with the design of the building, parking and landscaping. Enhanced programming opportunities will be factored into the design.

The Senior Center is operated through an innovative partnership with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, offering more than 20 different programs daily. It is a place for adults ages 55+to stay active, participate in a wide range of diverse activities, enjoy a good meal and connect with their community.

The redesign process will include public meetings with Senior Center patrons, the surrounding neighborhood, Golf Acres tenants and organizations that provide services at the Center, working in partnership with the City and YMCA. Planning will happen through late spring of 2023, with a groundbreaking on the new facility expected in the summer. Construction will likely take approximately 18 months to two years to complete.

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Aerial view of Golf Acres on North Hancock Avenue. The City-owned buildings are highlighted.

Aerial view of Golf Acres on North Hancock Avenue. The City owns the highlighted portion.

Site Plan Options

The design team is currently considering the four site plan options pictured below. (View site options in .pdf format.) Community feedback is being collected and will be incorporated into the final decision on where to locate the new senior center within the Golf Acres site. The public is invited to take the Community Survey located under the Public Involvement tab to provide input. The survey is open until October 14.   

Existing

Option 1 - Northeast part of the Golf Acres property

  • Visibility of Center from approach: Good visibility from intersection
  • Proximity to Parking: 145 parking stalls within 200’ of the entry
  • Impact on current programs: Programs will require temporary off-site accommodations
  • Impact on neighborhood: Minimal impact
  • Entry/ Patio orientation: Good with South orientation for both entry and patio

 

Option 2 - West side of the Golf Acres property

  • Visibility of Center from approach: Not ideal, behind the Silver Key Apartments
  • Proximity to Parking: 107 parking stalls within 200’ of the entry
  • Impact on current programs: Programs can remain at existing facility during construction
  • Impact on neighborhood: potential disruption to Silver Key apartments parking along the west and utilities
  • Entry/ Patio orientation: Good with South orientation for both entry and patio

 

Option 3 - Southwest part of the Golf Acres property

  • Visibility of Center from approach: Not ideal, behind Silver Key Apartments but better visibility than option 2 from southeast approach
  • Proximity to Parking: 74 parking stalls within 200’ of the entry
  • Impact on current programs: Programs can remain at existing facility during construction
  • Impact on neighborhood: potential disruption to Silver Key apartments parking along the west and utilities
  • Entry/ Patio orientation: Not ideal with North orientation of patio, entry on southeast good

 

Option 4 - Northwest part of Golf Acres property, similar to where it is now

  • Visibility of Center from approach: Good visibility from intersection
  • Proximity to Parking: 132 parking stalls within 200’ of the entry
  • Impact on current programs: Programs will require temporary off-site accommodations
  • Impact on neighborhood: Minimal impact
  • Entry/ Patio orientation: Good with East orientation of patio, south orientation of entry

 

Public Involvement

Community Survey

Please provide your input on the Community Survey. The survey will be open until 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. 

Take the Survey
 

Neighborhood Meeting     

Wednesday, Oct. 5
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Senior Center
1514 N. Hancock Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Future meetings will be listed here, as they are scheduled.


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