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Beacon Center Renovation Project

Beacon Activity Center Renovation Project

After completing a feasibility study in late 2018, the City is excited to prepare for a renovation project at the Beacon Activity Center. The City currently has allocated $4.58 million in funding to renovate approximately 12,000 square feet. As the design and construction phases of the project proceed, the City will work to ensure appropriate funding is available, if costs increase.


The Beacon Activity Center provides activity spaces, meals and shelter during the day to our senior residents and at night to our young adults who are experiencing homelessness. The City is planning to engage with service providers, seniors, youth and young adults who use the services at the Beacon Activity Center to make the transition of services as smooth as possible during construction. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2020.


The Proposed Renovation

The City plans to pursue an option that would provide enhanced and separate entries and renovated program spaces for senior and youth and young adult services and remodeled shared spaces such as a kitchen and/or fitness area to enhance the experience of all participants.


The renovation will also address deferred repair and replacement needs including:

  • New Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning system
  • Upgraded electrical distribution
  • Fire protection enhancements
  • Upgraded plumbing
  • Exterior improvements such as a new roof and siding

The renovation supports the City’s goal of increasing shelter capacity by 2020 and reinforces the City’s commitment to providing safe gathering space and services for seniors.


Future Stakeholder Meetings are Cancelled until Further Notice

The City of Tacoma takes the health and safety of its community and employees seriously. Taking into consideration community concerns about COVID-19, Beacon Center stakeholder meetings have been cancelled until further notice.


Alternative engagement opportunities will be made available as the project progresses. To stay informed about future engagement opportunities, please join our email listserv.


Previous stakeholder meeting presentations:

Preliminary Programming

The project will renovate approximately 12,000 square feet (SF) of existing space. The preliminary allocation is roughly:

  • 30-40 Young adult overnight beds (potential for 50)
  • 35-50 youth/young adult day use
  • 55 seniors day use 

Anticipated Schedule


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Project Updates

  • At the January 16, 2020 stakeholder meeting, two concepts were presented for the renovation.  The design team will be utilizing the feedback received at the meeting to develop the final concept plan for the renovation.  
  • In December 2019, meetings with the users and operators were held to gather additional feedback and information.
  • At the November 2019 stakeholder meeting, an overview of the senior and youth & young adult services at Beacon Center was provided.
  • At the October 2019 stakeholder meeting, participants had an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on the overall renovation project. Small breakout sessions were held to receive feedback on services for seniors and youth & young adults, design of the Beacon Center, relocation during the renovation, and general questions/comments.

Senior Center Inquiries 

Vicky McLaurin

(253) 591-5058




Youth and Young Adult Inquiries

Erica Azcueta

(253) 591-5015