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Work underway on new District 9 center for the community

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A site plan shows how the District 9 senior center will be accessible from Walker Ranch Park. Courtesy/Beaty Palmer Architects

City Council District 9 residents will finally get their own senior/community center by summer 2022.

Construction began in March on a 26,000-square-foot facility at 840 W. Rhapsody Drive. It primarily will serve older persons with multipurpose rooms, a dining room, exercise and dance spaces, a lounge and game room.

The $14.6 million project includes $13.2 million from the city’s 2017 bond, with another $1.46 million secured by District 9 Councilman John Courage.

On March 26, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, other city officials and community organizers joined Courage in a physically distanced groundbreaking event.

“We’re getting ready to build the best senior center in San Antonio,” the councilman said.

For years, District 9 constituents have asked for a stand-alone, communal gathering place. Districts 8 and 10 have similar facilities. It will be accessible from Walker Ranch Park.

Councilman John Courage speaks at the March 29 groundbreaking for the District 9 senior center, which also offers amenities for the community at large. Courtesy photo/San Antonio

The new structure will also offer programming and youth and adult areas, a public-meeting spot, and a District 9 field office.

A rendering of the District 9 senior center shows Texas limestone among the building materials at the energy- and water-efficient facility. Courtesy image/Beaty Palmer Architects

“It’s about time that District 9 have a senior center and I’m very much looking forward to seeing this project come out of the ground,” Nirenberg said.

In addition, the grounds will sport low-impact landscaping, 250 parking spaces, charging stations for electric and hybrid cars, plus other eco-friendly features.

Courage’s office organized an advisory committee to solicit residents’ opinions on the building’s development.

The location will also contain original works from artists reflecting neighborhood history and culture.

Dyan Montesclaros, committee co-chair, said the panel represented a cross section of the district.

“We are very excited to have our voice heard, and to be able to provide input and feedback,” she added.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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