Senior Center finally has a shiny new home

May 17, 2018

 

An early Mill Creek location resulted from heated council meetings beginning back in 2009. Then-Mayor Terry Ryan along with Councilmembers Mark Harmsworth and Mike Todd formed a study group with members of the senior community. A local group wanted the city to donate $2 million toward building a new center at the beginning of the recession.

A compromise was reached to create the center in the City Hall North building.

Sen. Steve Hobbs worked with Ryan when he became a member of the Snohomish County Council to secure a $35,000 grant for remodeling of the vacant site to make it usable. The location was intended to be purely temporary.

In 2017, developer Ryan Patterson approached the city about building affordable senior housing in Mill Creek. City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto suggested a new Senior Center be located on the first floor of what is now Vintage Housing. Patterson agreed to set aside 2,500 square feet of space.

Patterson also contributed $200,000 of his own money to install the computer room, kitchen and offices for the Senior Center.

Finally, the new senior center was opened on Thursday, May 10. I was honored to attend and see so many familiar faces that helped make the senior center a reality.

Randy Bush, president of the Northshore Senior Center Board said the Mill Creek center would not be a reality without Polizzotto. He is correct. Rebecca is part of a new, innovative approach to city government making use of public/private partnerships.

Ryan Patterson built a wonderful facility. His generosity saved the seniors years of fundraising to make the space usable. He definitely wants to be a member of our community.

So many other people are key to the success of this facility. Northshore Senior Center board members and CEO Brooke Knight were on site to celebrate the opening. Along with Mill Creek senior center members, all were thoroughly involved with the design and set up.

Former County Councilmember Karen Miller of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission spoke about grants made to help keep housing for seniors affordable.

This is not just a city project. It took years of community commitment to make this happen. Many different council members and senior center advocates never lost faith in a new center. Thank you to everyone for your years of patience and never giving up. This new center is worth the wait!

 

Upcoming events

 

Farmer’s Market: After years of requests, Mill Creek’s first Farmer’s Market is opening at noon on Friday, May 25. Please join me in making it a success for the farmers and residents. The market will be located in the parking lot of City Hall North.

 

Memorial Day: Mill Creek will hold a memorial service at the Veteran’s Monument on Monday, May 28 at 9 a.m. That will be followed by a memorial parade through Town Center beginning at 11 a.m. It is important to remember those who died so we can live in freedom today. Please come honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

This column is written by Mill Creek Mayor Pam Pruitt focuses on issues important to residents, as well as offering insight to what the City Council is up to. It reflects the personal views of the mayor and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the other members of the Mill Creek City Council.

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