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Multigenerational Community Center Study

Placer County, along with their planning consultant team and local community organizations, is evaluating the feasibility of a potential multigenerational community center in the Auburn area.  The center would support programs, events, and activities for a wide range of ages, abilities, and community needs through joint partnering of community-based organizations. This feasibility study is intended to determine the need and evaluate opportunities and constraints for a community center facility through a deliberate process of investigation, analysis, and concept development.

Feasibility Study Mission
Through a community-inclusive process, determine the viability of a potential community center that provides programs for a wide range of ages in the greater Auburn area.

Feasibility Study Purpose
The feasibility study will identify the need and vision for a potential community center, describe opportunities and constraints, costs and potential funding sources for identified project options. 

Advisory Committee and Potential Partners

The multigenerational community center is envisioned as a resource for the greater Auburn region and as an enhancement for the many programs and services that are being offered by community-oriented organizations in the area.  To this end, the Advisory Committee was made up of multigenerational community stakeholder organizations that have provided valuable feedback on the feasibility study.

Not only have these groups provided assistance during the study process but many have indicated interest in participating, in some capacity, with the multigenerational community center project if it moves ahead.

Ackerman School District, Auburn Union Elementary School District, Auburn Recreation District, Auburn Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club of Placer County, City of Auburn, City of Roseville Parks and Recreation, Placer Union High School District, Placer School for Adults, Placer High School, Seniors First, Shellito Consulting, Parkside Nazarene Church and Placer County.

JK Architecture, along with New Economics Advisory, is the feasibility study planning team that is providing consulting services for the project and the many Advisory Committee meetings and Community Workshops.

The Multigenerational Community Center

After many meetings and several community workshops, the study process has resulted in two potential multigenerational center concepts in North Auburn.  Both envision community program components that support enrichment of the spirit, mind and body.  A senior center, teen center, youth programs, childcare and café are potential elements meant to enrich the spirit.  Classrooms, conference spaces, arts and technology labs support the mind.  Fitness-oriented spaces and other potential recreation programming areas provide for the body.

Concept 1: Placer County Government Center

The first concept is based on a new community center facility, custom designed and constructed at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn and operated through a joint partnership of community organizations.  This approach takes advantage of potentially available County land and complimentary County functions and employee population at the government center.  This concept is intended to include the program elements mentioned in the description above as well as potential black box theatre space.

Concept 2: North Auburn Campus

The second concept involves leasing the existing underutilized Parkside Nazarene Church as a community center at Regional Park in North Auburn and operated through a joint partnership of community organizations.  This approach takes advantage of an existing large community-oriented building with complimentary adjacent facilities, including, potentially, Auburn Recreation District’s gym facility and expansive Regional Park.  Additionally, the facility is next door to and can potentially take advantage of existing classroom space at the Placer Union High School District’s Chana High School campus.  This concept is intended to include the program elements mentioned in the description above as well as a potential 850+ person performing arts theatre space.

Community Workshops

Three public workshops were held to obtain feedback on the multigenerational center.  Valuable information was gathered, helping the planning team formulate a potential program with the two site options.

Community Workshop Presentation Materials

Community Workshop #3 October 14, 2015

Community Workshop #2 September 9, 2015

Community Workshop #1 June 30, 2015

Site Visits

As part of the study process, two recently-constructed local community centers were visited by the Advisory Committee to learn from successful projects with similar program features.  Each location provided the committee with planning tips and historic financial data for comparison in the feasibility study.

Citrus Heights Community Center – a multigenerational center that includes a 500+ person event room with commercial kitchen, conference and meeting rooms, senior center and outdoor patio spaces.  
http://www.citrusheights.net/274/Citrus-Heights-Community-Center

West Sacramento Community Center – a multigenerational facility that includes a community room, child care center, senior center, activity room, café, historical society display room, art gallery and black box theatre.
https://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/city/depts/pcs/commcenter/default.asp

Next Steps

The consultant team and County project management are in the process of finalizing the study documentation now.  A community survey is in the works and will be coming out in the Spring of 2017.  This will provide additional information in which to determine the viability of the project.  Findings will be presented to various local jurisdictions to gather additional feedback.  A final feasibility study presentation is planned for a Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting in the future.     

Contact

For more information and to sign-up to receive announcements on the Multigenerational Community Center Feasibility Study, please contact Paul Breckenridge, Senior Architect, DPWF/Capital Improvements at pbrecken@placer.ca.gov or 530-889-6892.

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