When complete, the 10,000 square foot facility will accommodate both existing and new senior activity programs that the Town of Humble has not been able to offer previously. (Ronald Winters / Community Impact Journal)
Following the approval of the city’s budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 in September, which included $ 2 million for the construction of a new senior citizen activity center, Humble City officials said that they hoped to complete the project by the first half of 2023.
According to City Manager Jason Stuebe, the town’s former senior activity center was an aging facility with many structural issues surrounding the foundation; roof; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Additionally, the facility was originally built as a church, meaning the layout was not entirely conducive to use as an activity center for seniors.
âAt the height of the pandemic, we were forced to close the [senior] activity center; During this time, the city determined that this would be a good time to start looking at options for the senior activity center in the future, âsaid Stuebe. âAfter considering a multitude of options and considering the wishes of our elders, we decided that the best solution was to build a new facility on the property the town already had next door.â
According to Stuebe, the new 10,000-square-foot facility will be located between the Octavia Fields Branch Library and the city’s former senior activity center, which will soon be demolished to make way for the new No.2 Fire Station. from the city.
While plans for the new facility are still being designed, Jennifer Wooden, who is the director of the Humble Civic Center where the senior programs are housed, said the new facility will include multi-use spaces, a pickleball court and natural lighting, able to accommodate both existing installations and new programs.
Stuebe said the city was reviewing and selecting an architectural firm to design the senior activity center in hopes of selecting an architect by Jan. 1 and issuing a notice of proceed in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Until the new center is complete, Humble Elders will continue to use the space at the Humble Civic Center and the Phillip Cezeaux Recreation Building as they have done since programming was reinstated in the spring of 2021.
âOur seniors are a big priority here at Humble,â Wooden said. “Life expectancy in our country has increased by 10 years, and as people are living longer, we want to make sure those extra years are of good quality.”