An updated senior center

We hope the future of the city’s senior center becomes a little less murky in the coming months.

The Marquette City Commission Monday heard a recommendation to move the center to Lakeview Arena from its current location in the lower level of city hall – a site which apparently leaves much to be desired.

We were initially surprised to hear the senior center wasn’t considered up to snuff – largely because we haven’t heard public outcry against the facility. But parking in that area is limited and no buses run past the center’s entrance. Additionally, the building infrastructure – which dates from the 1970s – is lacking, according to officials from an architectural firm hired by the city.

Assuming the need is real and the center is inadequate, the move to Lakeview doesn’t sound like a bad idea. The city already owns the property and turning one small area of the arena – the Citizens Forum Room, located in the southwest corner of Lakeview – will require few infrastructure changes.

We realize it’s still very early in the process, but there are some key questions that need to be asked as the idea gathers steam:

It’s not clear the best option for an updated senior center has yet been identified. Commissioners Fred Stonehouse and Michael Coyne expressed concerns over the Lakeview Arena site at Monday’s meeting. Stonehouse said he hoped the commission could craft a plan that would establish a viable center for years to come. That’s a worthy goal.

While the path to a future senior center seems uncertain, we’re confident planning is on the right track.

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