The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a design contract and programming agreement for the first of the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers, which will open near NW 117 Street and Rockwell Avenue.
Healthy Living and Fitness Inc., which is affiliated with Putnam City Baptist Church, is to operate the center.
The “term sheet” approved by the city council outlines requirements to assure seniors can afford to use the center. It sets a minimum of 65 hours — including four hours on the weekend — that the center will be open each week.
The city will retain the center’s naming rights, but Healthy Living will be able to sell “sponsorships,” for instance, for the pool.
The senior centers were approved by voters in 2009 as part of MAPS 3. Plans called for four to five to be built, at a total cost of around $50 million, with community groups taking the lead in running the centers.
Community groups have been slow to come forward. Negotiations currently are underway for just two centers — Healthy Living’s center in northwest Oklahoma City and a second in south Oklahoma City to be run by NorthCare.
GSB Inc. is to design the first of the MAPS 3 senior centers. That contract — also approved Tuesday by the city council — is for $933,120.