GENERAL PROJECT INFORMATION
City of Calabasas Senior Center
100/200 Civic Center Way
City Council Meeting –
October 24, 2012
Council approved the establishment of a Senior Task
Force and appointed Mayor Maurer and Councilmember
Shapiro as members, along with six additional
City Council Meeting – November 14, 2012
Force members were introduced to the council and
As a matter of new business, Director Rubin
presented potential sites for a senior center.
Following extensive discussion, direction was
provided to the Senior Task Force.
No action was taken.
City Council Meeting – November 28, 2012
Council approved moving forward with preliminary
design and cost estimate of a senior center on the
Civic Center property.
Construction Start Date:
July 20, 2015
Parking Lot Closure:
Effective July 13, 2015 the back parking lot (south of the
Civic Center) will be closed and fenced due to construction
commencing for the senior center. The entire area will be
closed to traffic and pedestrians and the rear elevator will
be shut down and unavailable. The drive-up book drop will be
removed during construction; however, there is a book drop
located at the Library front door. Also, the parking on
Civic Center Way will be re-striped and limited to two hour
parking. Additional unrestricted parking will be available
on the south side of Calabasas Road between Parkway
Calabasas and Civic Center Way. We anticipate the
construction time period to be through July 2016.
GROUNDBREAKING - JUNE 30
On Tuesday, June 30,
2015 at 10:00 a.m., the City of Calabasas broke ground for
the new 9,500 square foot, Gold LEED certified Senior
Center to be built behind Calabasas City Hall and Library.
groundbreaking ceremony was free, and the public was
encouraged to attend. The Senior Center is expected to
open in July, 2016.
Location - Behind the Calabasas Civic Center at
Civic Center Way.
new 9,500 square foot, Gold LEED certified Senior Center is
to open Summer, 2016.
The Multi-use recreational
facility is designed to offer classes, activities and
resources to support, enhance and encourage an active
healthy lifestyle for active Calabasas seniors. After
awarding the contract to Pankow Builders in 2014, a task
force comprised of senior community members, City
Councilmembers and staff designed a facility to meet the
the Civic Center in style, proportion, details and
Seamlessly integrate into the
spaces to gather, connect, learn and socialize;
a social center for the broader senior community.
well designed areas meeting the physical challenges of
classroom and features not available at other City
an active mental and physical lifestyle.
Construction is slated to start the 3rd week of
July, 2015. With the anticipated timeline for construction
of 9 to 12 months, we expect the construction time period to
last through July, 2016.
The City of Calabasas hosted two community design workshops to get ideas for
a Senior Center to be located behind the Civic Center and be
home to the Savvy Senior Program. Seniors were encouraged to
come out and tell what they would like to see incorporated into this facility.
The Savvy Senior program is an ongoing series of classes,
excursions, special events, lectures and luncheons for
If you would like to obtain additional information on this
exciting senior center project or the workshops, please
www.cityofcalabasas.com or call 818-224-1600.
In the summer of 2011, a group of seniors approached the
PRE Commission requesting additional programming for the
active seniors of Calabasas. They had initial discussions
with staff and although they appreciated that there were
several senior classes and activities offered by the City,
they wanted to formalize their position in the City and
therefore formed Savvy Seniors, hoping to build their small
group into a major force that would one day include a Senior
Center of their own.
Staff met with a small group of seniors and discussed ways
to enhance senior programming in the City. Sixteen new
programs were added for Fall 2011 and as of Fall 2012, there
were 74 programs being offered with 1936 Savvy Seniors
participating. Classes were being held at several different
venues and programming has become challenging. Senior
centers, because of their mission to promote healthy,
independent lifestyles among the elderly, serve as ideal
outlets for baby boomers. Not only do they help maintain or
improve health and well-being, but they also offer a place
for boomers to serve other seniors who might benefit from
shared experiences. Centers are offering a variety of
services and programs that are of interest to younger, more
active seniors, and they also help fulfill baby boomers need
to continue their contributions to society through
volunteerism, teaching and facilitating important,
health-promoting social services.
Staff and Task Force members looked at several facilities as
a potential home for a senior center in Calabasas and at the
City Council meeting November 28, 2012, Council approved
moving forward with preliminary design of a senior center on
the Civic Center property.