Funding for $ 10 million Portage senior center exceeds half of state grant
PORTAGE, MI – The town of Portage has received $ 1.5 million from the state to help support the construction of the Charles and Lynn Zhang Portage Community Center for Seniors, the town announced this week.
The new center, estimated to cost $ 10.8 million, will replace the existing Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane. Construction on the new center began in December 2020 and is expected to be completed on budget in the first quarter of 2022, according to the city’s website.
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It has been just over two years since Portage town leaders in September 2019 announced the “Engage, Empower, Enrich” campaign to raise funds for the senior center project.
Portage executives thanked local lawmakers for advocating for state funding, including State Senator Sean McCann, D-Kalamazoo and state officials Christine Morse, D-Texas Township, and Matt Hall, R-Marshall.
“The future Portage Community Seniors Center will be a resource for our entire community, and I am delighted that the State of Michigan is supporting this vital project with an allocation of $ 1.5 million from the budget of the. State, ”Morse said.
A group of dedicated community leaders worked to raise $ 5.5 million in charitable donations as part of a public and private partnership to build the facility, city leaders said. The city itself has pledged an amount equivalent to donations of up to $ 5.5 million.
“Thank you to our local legislative delegation for helping a group of dedicated volunteers exceed our fundraising goal,” said Portage Mayor Patricia Randall. “Thanks to the legislators serving our region, we have made our vision a reality despite the pandemic. This new center underlines our city’s commitment to our seniors, Portage is a great place to live.
With the allocation of $ 1.5 million in public funds, the campaign raised nearly $ 5.7 million in total. The effort received broad support from local foundations, area businesses, and community donors, including a $ 2 million donation from Charles and Lynn Zhang.
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In addition to the Zhang family’s gift, more than 325 community donors, local businesses and foundations in the region have supported the fundraising campaign for the new senior center, according to the city.
“The new Portage Seniors Community Center is an exciting development for the Town of Portage and the region’s seniors,” said Senator McCann. “This $ 1.5 million investment from the State of Michigan, in partnership with local and private contributors, recognizes that 40% of those who use the current Portage Senior Center live nearby; making the center a valuable health, wellness and leisure resource for the elderly in Kalamazoo.
To find out more about the center for the elderly, or stay informed of its development, visit the page of the website of the town of Portage dedicated to the project.
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