Livonia Senior Wellness Center Project

April 12, 2021, Livonia Senior Center Project parking façade rendering

Livonia’s current senior center is a bustling hub of services and programs for our older residents. However, the current facility is an outdated, often-leaky, 60-year-old retrofitted church building that the COVID-19 pandemic revealed as inadequate to safeguard the safety and health of users.

Building a new Livonia Senior Wellness Center adjacent to the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center will mean creating a safer, more accessible, state-of-the-art facility. Plans for this new building include a separate, circular drive and covered canopy entrance for Senior Wellness patrons, plus a dedicated parking lot apart from The Rec, along with a renovated fitness center. Creating more flexible rooms with moveable walls, a larger kitchen and dining room, a new café and lounge, and adaptable fitness spaces are also planned.

Relocating the outdated senior center is the decisive first step in implementing Livonia Vision 21, a community-inspired, resident-driven master plan with a goal of making Livonia a city our children want to come home to. Livonia Vision 21 was adopted by the City Council in 2019. It would reimagine a city center with mixed-use, walkable spaces for residential, business and community use, thereby creating a functional downtown and a true sense of place. 

The current senior center will remain open until the new one is complete, with projected construction to begin in spring 2024. The image shown is only a conceptual rendering. Check out the Winter 2023-24 edition of Connections magazine Nov. 2 for more details on the project.

Developing the Plan2023-11 Senior Wellness Committee meeting 3

From Jan. 18-Feb. 17, 2023, the City provided an online survey to gauge residents’ input on what they wanted to see in a new Senior Wellness Center. Paper copies were also available at the Kirksey Recreation Center and Civic Park Senior Center.

Based on that input, a team of representatives from the Livonia Aging Commission, the Livonia City Council and City staff are meeting regularly with architects to further shape the project.

Securing the Funding

This $21.9-million Senior Wellness Center project will become a reality without increasing taxes, thanks to the work of City leaders and federal, state and county officials who were vital champions in securing portions of the funding over the past two years.

Check Presentation 2023-9-15From left, State Reps. Stephanie Young, Laurie Pohutsky and Matt Koleszar; Mayor Brosnan; State Sens. Dayna Polehanki and Mary Cavanagh show off the $4.5 million grant from the State of Michigan in September 2023, approved to help build a new Livonia Senior Wellness Center adjacent to the Kirksey Recreation Center.

Mayor and Haley Stevens at The Rec holding giant check U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens announced a $3 million grant toward the new Livonia Senior Wellness Center in July 2021, which was part of a $17.8 million federal funding package for 10 Michigan community projects. Here, she shares a representation of the contribution with Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan in front of the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center.