The ground breaking ceremony for the new Inglewood Senior Center will take place on Monday, February 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at the future site—111 N. Locust Street, north of Manchester Ave. Free parking will be available in the Locust Street Parking structure located at 115 S. Locust St.
The ceremony will include remarks from City and project officials as well as refreshments. Soon after the ground breaking (once the predicted El Nino rains let up), residents can expect to see work getting underway, marking the first steps in the construction phase of the project. It is anticipated the grand opening of the new $23 million Inglewood Senior Center will take place in November 2017.
Since the closure and demolition of the former Inglewood Senior Center on Locust Street and its temporary relocation to the Veterans Memorial Building at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, the City has explored several development scenarios that would include rebuilding of the Senior Center at its former location on Locust Street.
Here are some important milestones that have led to the anticipated ground breaking and construction of a new Inglewood Senior Center:
In August of 2010, the Inglewood City Council decided not to proceed with a multi-use development on the site that would have included senior housing along with a new Senior Center
Between June and August of 2012, the council authorized proceeding with the design and development of a new Senior Center (minus housing) at 111 No. Locust Street. Funding was authorized for the new Center and Senior Center Advisory Committee members were selected to oversee the development process and provide input to the design. The 15-member Advisory Committee has met nearly every month since its inception.
In July 2013, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studios was hired to provide architectural, engineering and construction management services for the new center. The firm worked for over a year with the Senior Advisory Committee and City staff to develop a design concept for the new Center. A Request for Proposal was circulated for a contractor and design team to produce the formal designs and ultimately construct the new Center:
In December 2014, the Inglewood City Council authorized a design-build construction contract with Pinner Construction Company and gkkworks, its design partner, as the Design-Build Entity to formally design and construct the new center.
The center is will be an approximately 35,000 square foot, two-story, above-ground facility with two levels of underground parking.
Amenities will include a main lobby area, multi-purpose rooms, an exercise area, billiard and game rooms, television room, computer lab, central kitchen and dining facilities, and care management and transportation offices.
Once built, the center will be the focal point for social services, for residents 50 and over, in Inglewood as well as Hawthorne, Lennox, and Ladera/Windsor Hills.