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Beacon Center Renovation Project

Beacon Activity Center Renovation Project

In late 2018, we conducted a feasibility study to assess our options renovate the Beacon Activity Center in order to address deferred maintenance needs and make improvements to the space so that long term it can function as both a senior activity center and for youth and young adult day and overnight services.


The COVID pandemic and subsequent City budget shortfall required us to pause the project and revise our original plan of allocating $4.58 million in funding to renovate approximately 12,000 square feet of the building, with construction anticipated to begin in fall 2020. 


In the 2021-2022 biennial budget, we revised the budget to $3.5 million and prioritized improvements to the space. The anticipated renovation continues to support the City’s goal of increasing shelter capacity and reinforces the City’s commitment to providing safe gathering space and services for seniors.


The Proposed Renovation

The first phase of the improvements will focus on priority needs identified by the operator to the interior of the building, including the addition of gender-neutral showers and restrooms for youth (single occupancy), laundry facilities, kitchen storage space, kitchenette, access improvements to the stage area (including wheelchair lift) for storage and case management, fire alarm system enhancements, security cameras, and interior cosmetic improvements (painting, floor refinishing). The City is currently working with a contractor to update the construction schedule and finalize specific construction phase details.


Future phases are under review and may include deferred repair, replacement  and modernization of key facility elements such as renovations of building exterior, upgrades in the heating ventilation system, off-site parking with ADA access, and potential relocation of building entrances.


During construction, youth and young adult overnight services will continue to operate on-site and construction needs will be coordinated with the youth and young adult program providers.


We do not anticipate construction conflicts with senior services due to the temporary closure for COVID-19 safety and our current renovation timeline. Should senior services resume prior to completion of construction that would impact their use of space, the programming would be accommodated at Lighthouse Activity Center temporarily.


Senior Center Inquiries 

Vicky McLaurin

(253) 591-5058




Youth and Young Adult Inquiries

Tiegan Tidball

(253) 573-2320