Plans to renovate the Gardner Senior Building will go before the city council in May. Built about 1980, the center hosts meals for seniors daily during the week and is also rented out about 500 times per year. The building has never undergone a complete renovation, and many of the kitchen appliances are still original. Plans call for a complete facelift, and much of the funding will come from a $200,000 CDBG grant. Staff photo by Brandon Humble


Plans for a complete facelift to the Gardner Senior Building, 128 E Park, are being finalized, according to Jeff Stewart, Gardner Parks and Recreation director.
“It will be a complete gut job,” Stewart said. “From ceiling to floor.” The 46 year old building has never had a major renovation, and still has the original kitchen appliances, he said. Renovation plans include audio visual equipment, some lounge seating; new cabinets, counter, bathroom fixtures, paint, ceiling and flooring.
Exact costs have yet to be determined, but Stewart said a $200,000 CDBG grant has been received to help offset expense.
“The design work for the remodel is almost complete,” he said. “The current schedule has us taking the bids to city council on May 16 with construction beginning shortly after that.  Anticipated construction will last approximately 4 to 5 months. “
The facility has about 500 rentals per year, Stewart said, and the renovation will help meet accessibility needs.
Construction is expected to begin mid-May and should be completed within six months. During that time, the facility will be closed and plans are for senior meals to be relocated to the Baptist Church.
“The First Baptist Church is interested in allowing use of their facilities during construction,” Stewart said. “ The Johnson County Meals on Wheels administrative staff is working with the First Baptist Church staff on the agreement and terms..”