Senior Center Project

City Planning


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Project Timeline

Start: TBD



A New Senior Center is on the Horizon

The City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County are thrilled to announce that the State of Michigan has allocated $7 Million in their budget to the Senior Center.  

 "The Senior Center is a gem in our community and these funds provide sustainability for a new Senior Center building and operational programming.  Providing opportunities for seniors to connect with one another and build relationships serves as a foundation to this community. We are grateful for these appropriated funds and look forward to a bright future at the Senior Center," says Traverse City Mayor Lewis.

In 2018, the City and County formed an Ad Hoc Committee to determine future reconstruction of the Senior Center. The partners engaged local firm, Environment Architects, for professional services for design and construction of a new Senior Center. In 2020, the project was estimated to cost $5.6 Million. In 2022, an Ad Hoc Committee was formed to discuss the future of the Senior Center and explore funding options. Discussions related to a local millage, capital campaigns, and grant funding. 

The Senior Center is located on City parkland at 801 East Front Street on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay. In 2011, the City and County signed an intergovernmental agreement for Senior Center Management. Since then, the Grand Traverse County’s Senior Center Network has managed day to day operations and programming at the Senior Center. Most recently, Grand Traverse County conducted a community wide survey for the use of $18.2 Million in ARPA funds. The number one critical infrastructure need identified was the Senior Center.

Proposed Project Elements

  • Building oriented to the north to open park space and views of the public beach from Front Street. 
  • Building square footage increased from 5,780 to 17,444
  • Covered drop off
  • Covered patio
  • Segmented spaces
  • Green roofs and pervious pavement elements
  • Improved access to beach
  • Restroom access for public beach
  • Traffic calming elements
  • New tennis/pickleball courts
  • Improved shuffle board courts

Draft Designs 2022


The project is estimated to be over $10 Million.

$7 Million has been allocated from the State of Michigan for the project.