On December 14, 2011, the City launched a multi-year process where the City has been working directly with the YMCA of Silicon Valley on a unique public/non-profit partnership to build a joint-use intergenerational health, wellness, and recreational facility at Red Morton Park. The City Council authorized staff to move forward with the exploration of this concept and appointed three Council Members to the “City-Y Partnership Task Force” to provide input and feedback to staff regarding process, analysis, communication points, best practices, and the development of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for any future agreements.
In the first half of 2015, the City and the YMCA worked together to develop a Request for Qualifications/Proposal for Phase I of architectural services, which included a full site analysis, building massing, constraints analysis, and the development of a Project Description. Together, the City and the YMCA selected ELS Architecture to perform this scope of service, conduct the first community meeting for input about the project, and determine if there was interest in preserving the Veterans Memorial Senior Center (VMSC) or rebuilding the VMSC as part of the overall project.
On October 5, 2015, the Community Workshop allowed staff to understand any concerns about the project along with the reflections of the VMSC specifically. Over 150 people attended the workshop; the vast majority stated they would like to see a new facility. Staff noted that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process would study a number of areas including traffic, parking, and the historical assessment of the VMSC.
On June 27, 2016, the City Council approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) between the City and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. The ENA allows the City and the YMCA of Silicon Valley to exclusively negotiate the details of the Project.
CEQA review is necessary to study the Project, and on October 17, 2016, the City Council approved the Professional Services Agreement with David J. Powers & Associates, Inc. for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the CEQA Guidelines for the Project.
The City prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) informing the public that an EIR would be prepared for the Project and requesting comment on the scope of environmental analysis. The 30-day request for comment period began on November 11, 2016 and remained open until December 16, 2016. The EIR scoping meeting took place at the December 6, 2016 Planning Commission meeting, which provided an opportunity for the public to provide oral comments.
On November 14, 2017, the City Council approved the Professional Design Agreement with ELS Architecture and Urban Design to develop the master plan for the project by conducting public engagement workshops, presenting conceptual designs, and completing a schematic design.
The first half of 2018, the City has held a total of six public workshops and numerous stakeholder meetings that led to City Council approving the Schematic Design of the Project on May 21, 2018. On June 25, City Council approved an agreement with ELS Architecture and Urban Design for the design and construction drawings for the Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center, site improvements, parking, and traffic calming solution. Read the staff report for this item here.