Tuesday, June 13, 2017

City Signs Lease for Interim Community Center

REDMOND, WA - On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the City of Redmond signed a two-year lease to occupy the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Redmond Campus at 6505 176th Ave. NE effective Dec. 1, 2017, to serve as an interim community center. Built in 2005, the 20,000 square foot LWTech facility has seven classrooms, a tiered classroom with stadium seating, cafĂ©, state of the art media and sound, and ample parking. 
The City currently offers a diverse range of recreation programs and services out of the Old Redmond School House Community Center (ORSCC), a 40,000 square foot facility located at 16600 NE 80th St. The City has a long-term partnership of sharing space with Lake Washington School District (LWSD), owners of the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (ORSCC.) However, as part of the LWSD long-term facilities planning, they will be remodeling ORSCC for district preschool programs serving special needs and low-income families. The current lease between the City and LWSD will end in June 2018 to allow time for renovations.  >>Read More
As the City prepares for the use of ORSCC to change, several options were evaluated for relocating programs. A key solution for ensuring continuity of service and programs is the use of the Lake Washington Technology Campus, also a public building. The campus cannot house all programs due to size and room limitations, so some programming will be moved to the Redmond Senior Center, Teen Center, and LWSD schools.
Staff anticipates winter programming will start in these new locations by Jan. 1, 2018. Once details are finalized, the City will let the community know where each program will be located. If you have immediate questions, please call Parks and Recreation Guest Services staff at 425-556-2330.
Mayor Marchione and Dr. Amy Goings, LWTech President, both believe this lease is a win-win for our shared community. “The campus facility gives us a variety of flexible meeting spaces and ensures we can continue programming, with no gaps in services,” stated Mayor Marchione. This interim solution will be in place as the City works to implement long-term solutions that meet community priorities and needs, as outlined in the 2017 Redmond’s Community Centers outreach project. “We will be able to reinvest lease proceeds into growing and strengthening our workforce education programs, creating more opportunities for Redmond youth and working adults,” stated Dr. Goings.
For City of Redmond questions and more information contact Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager, at lmaher@redmond.gov or 425-556-2427.   
For LWTech questions and more information, contact Leslie Shattuck, Public Information Officer, leslie.shattuck@lwtech.edu or 425-739-8236.
This press release is available on www.redmond.gov. 

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