Prior Veterans Memorial Senior Center Community Meetings and Documents

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The following information provides details regarding prior community meetings and documents prepared.


Traffic Calming Demonstration and Workshop September 2018

As part of the City's ongoing community engagement effort to address neighbor concerns related to traffic on Madison at selected intersections between Valota and Iris, the City hosted a Traffic Calming Demonstration on September 26 to assess the community's preferred traffic calming tools. The demonstration tested the turn radius and speed limits for fire trucks, police cars, and large equipment. It also assessed line-of-sight issues and how well bicyclists can maneuver around the proposed road modifications. If you were unable to attend the demonstration, you can view images from the event here.

In addition, staff held a traffic calming workshop on September 27. If you were unable to attend, you can view the meeting notes here.


Past City Council Meetings

Staff gave a schematic design presentation to City Council at the May 21 City Council Meeting.

To view the presentation slides, go here.

Watch a video of the schematic design here.

Past Community Workshops

Workshop #1: January 17, 6-8 p.m. –Kick-Off Open House, Gallery Walk, Information Stations.

Workshop #1 Materials

Workshop #2: January 31, 6-8 p.m. –Design Collaboration Charrette (Site Planning)

Workshop #2 Materials: 

Workshop #3: February 22, 6-8 p.m. –Design Collaboration Charrette (Project Design)

Workshop #3 Materials: 

Traffic-Related Workshop #1 


Traffic-Related Workshop #2 – Neighborhood Charrette, Develop Traffic-Related Recommendations 

Traffic-Related Workshop #3



Update: Thursday, November 10, 2016

The City is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to identify potential impacts that could be expected if the project were to proceed, as well as potential mitigation measures to help lessen those impacts. Preparation of an EIR is not a project approval, but simply the gathering of information to help City leaders and the public understand what impacts may be associated with the project.

There will be many steps and many opportunities for public involvement throughout the process. An EIR scoping session with the Planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (7:00 p.m.). All comments received by email, letter, or public comment at the meeting will be incorporated into the draft EIR document. Design charrettes for the project will be scheduled in 2017.



Update: Monday, October 17, 2016

The City Council approved the Professional Services with David J. Powers & Associates, Inc. for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines for the Veterans Memorial Senior Center/YMCA Joint Project. Throughout the CEQA process, there will be several public meetings scheduled to listen to concerns; consider mitigations to those concerns brought up through the study areas of CEQA and from the public; and design workshops. City staff will be working with the consultant on the timelines for scheduling meetings in the future.

Council Report-CEQA Consultant Agreement


October 2015 Community Open House

A public meeting and open house about the renovations took place on October 5, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Redwood Room. The formal presentation ran from 6:30 – 7:00 with an informal open house and break-out sessions. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions and meet the project team, including City staff, YMCA staff, and project architects.

*Please note that the renderings shown at the presentation were only for site analysis purposes. The City Council will consider an architectural services agreement at their November 13 City Council meeting. Community meetings and eventual design workshops with the public will be held in 2018.

Additional project documents from the October 2015 meeting can be found here:  

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Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions About the Project

Frequently Asked Questions from the first Community Meeting about the Renovation

Historic Resource Report

Peer Review of Historic Resource Evaluation

Project Banners 

Community Meeting Notice