The goal is to have four unique centers arrayed around Oklahoma City, and for each one to provide a mix of core services available at all four facilities along with services or activities designed to make that particular center stand out.
“We don’t want to have cookie cutter wellness centers,” Dover said.
“All of the centers wouldn’t be exactly alike. We want them to have different strengths.”
City staff also want to make sure the centers are best set up for operational success by not stepping on others’ toes.
“It’s important to provide services that aren’t available elsewhere so we’re not competing with potential partners,” said city Public Works Director Eric Wenger, who has a key role in MAPS projects.
Building the centers will span most of the MAPS 3 program, which finishes at the end of the decade.
But city officials hope seniors will be able to walk into one of the centers for the first time sometime next year, and open a door to a building built with their tax dollars that’s specifically for them for the first time.