Westlake is one step closer to building a new community service center as City Council adopted legislation May 16 to purchase $12 million in construction bonds.

The new center will be nearly double the size of the existing center on Center Ridge Road. It will house the city's senior programming as well as community outreach activities including a food pantry and Meals on Wheels. It will be built on city-owned property at 28955 Center Ridge Road, next to the city's recreation center.

The design features a Western Reserve exterior meant to comport with existing city facilities. There is a canopied drop-off area at the front entrance.

The new facility will be 25,000 square feet compared with the existing 13,000-square-foot facility. It will have meeting and conference space; a technology-equipped classroom; aerobic and exercise space, including an outdoor exercise area; and a cafe offering beverages and snacks. Outdoor space includes a covered patio with tables, bocce and pickleball courts, and a park-like setting with walking trails. Parking will be available for 180 cars, including 30 close-in handicapped spots.

Construction is expected to start in late fall. Officials anticipate the center will open in late 2020.

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