Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and County Council President Stephanie Wright dropped in on Wednesday’s Edmonds Senior Center Board meeting with a special treat: a joint resolution from the County Executive and Council commending the Senior Center for its service to the community and endorsing the plan to build a new center.
Citing the strong role of the Senior Center in the Edmonds community since its formation in 1968, the unfailing dedication of its staff and its recognition as a national leader and innovator in developing programs and services to meet the needs of older adults, the resolution formalizes the county’s strong support for “demolition of the current Edmonds Senior Center facility and the reconstruction of the new Edmonds Senior Center at its current location.”
In their remarks, Lovick and Wright praised center staff, Executive Director Farrell Fleming, and the board for their continuing efforts to make the Edmonds Senior Center a model for similar facilities in the region and nationwide.
“Edmonds is fortunate to have this facility to call its own,” said Lovick. “And we look forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence begun here in a new facility that will be both a senior center and a focal point for the community.”
On display were two working concepts for the new facility, one developed by The Environmental Works Community Design Center, the other by Zervas Architects of Bellingham. (Photos of the conceptual drawings on display below.)
“It’s important to note that these do not represent anywhere near the final design,” said Fleming. “But it’s a great start, and gives a snapshot of the designers’ initial ideas. There’s much more work to do.”
— Story by Larry Vogel