Construction of the new Humble Senior Activity Center is set to begin in late 2022

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Following the approval of the city’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget in September, which included $2 million for the construction of a new senior activity center, Humble town officials said that they hoped to complete the project by the first half of 2023.

According to City Manager Jason Stuebe, the city’s former senior activity center was an aging facility with numerous structural issues regarding the foundation; roof; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Additionally, the facility was originally built as a church, which meant that the layout was not entirely conducive to use as an activity center for senior citizens.

“At the height of the pandemic, we were forced to close the [senior] activity center; during this time, the city determined that now would be a good time to begin looking at options for the seniors’ activity center in the future,” Stuebe said. “After considering a multitude of options and considering the desires of our elders, we decided the best course of action was to build a new facility on property the city already owned next door.”

According to Stuebe, the new 10,000 square foot facility will be located between the Octavia Fields Branch Library and the city’s former seniors activity center, which will soon be demolished to make way for the new fire station No. 2 from the city.

While plans for the new facility are still being designed, Jennifer Wooden, who is director of the Humble Civic Center where seniors programs are housed, said the new facility will include multipurpose spaces, a pickleball court and natural lighting – accommodating both existing and new programs.

Stuebe said the city is in the process of reviewing and selecting an architectural firm to design the senior activity center in hopes of selecting an architect by Jan. 1 and posting a notice of continuation in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Until the new center is complete, Humble seniors will continue to use space at the Humble Civic Center and the Phillip Cezeaux Recreation Building as they have since programming was reinstated in the spring of 2021.

“Our seniors are a big priority here at Humble,” Wooden said. “Life expectancy in our country has increased by 10 years, and as people are living longer, we want to make sure those extra years are of quality.”

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