A groundbreaking ceremony for the city of Humble’s new senior activity center is projected to be held in April—more than two years after council members voted to demolish the city’s old senior activity center in September 2020.

At its March 9 meeting, Humble City Council approved a roughly $5.76 million contract with Purcell Construction to build the new facility.

The backstory: Last January, council members approved the selection of Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc. to provide architectural and engineering design services for the city's new senior activity center.

During their Feb. 23 meeting, council members approved a roughly $888,000 amendment to the city's fiscal year 2022-23 budget that will largely cover additional costs associated with the city’s new senior activity center.

City Manager Jason Stuebe said the budget amendment was needed after the city received initial bids on the project.

Quote of note: “We’re excited to get the project up and running," Stuebe said. "In fact, we have our construction kickoff meeting scheduled for March 22. Hopefully we will have ground breaking sometime in early April.”

The details: Stuebe noted several design elements that will be included in the new 10,000-square-foot senior activity center, including:
  • a game room
  • a library
  • a full kitchen
  • classrooms
  • a multipurpose room
Until the new senior activity center is completed, Stuebe said Humble seniors will continue to use space at the Humble Civic Center and the Phillip Cezeaux Recreation Building as they have since programming was reinstated in spring 2021.