Design work set to begin on OKC senior centers

The first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers could open in Oklahoma City in mid-2016.
by William Crum Published: March 19, 2014
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The MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers are entering a new phase of development, with design work set to begin on the first center.

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a nearly $1 million design contract for the first center, along with a preliminary programming agreement.

Healthy Living & Fitness Inc., a nonprofit associated with Putnam City Baptist Church, is to operate the center. It will be near the church, at NW 117 and Rockwell Avenue.

If all goes as planned, the still-unnamed center would open in 2016, said David Todd, the MAPS 3 program manager. Overall cost for design and construction could be in the range of $10 million, funded by the 1-cent MAPS 3 sales tax.

What are the terms?

The city council approved a “term sheet” outlining requirements for the center. They include:

•Ensuring all seniors can afford to use the center, with provisions that fees be set on a sliding scale meeting the needs — and budgets — of low-income senior citizens.

•Ensuring sufficient access, with the center open a minimum of 65 hours — including four consecutive hours on one weekend day — each week.

•Ensuring Healthy Living can run the center without a city subsidy, by allowing the organization to rent out facilities when they aren’t otherwise being used, by allowing the sale of “sponsorships” for center facilities, such as the pool, and by sharing maintenance costs.

The city will retain naming rights for the center as a whole.

GSB Inc. is to design Healthy Living’s center. As approved Tuesday by the city council, that contract is for $933,120.

The city is to buy the land and build the center. The Oklahoma City Public Property Authority is to lease the land and buildings to Healthy Living.


by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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