Update: Jan. 16, 2024 Development Activities Meeting

On Tuesday, January 16th, the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation (BHCF) hosted a Development Activities Meeting (DAM) as the Brighton Heights Healthy Active Living Center approaches final permitting and soon, construction.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) presented plans to BHCF for a positive recommendation to the the Zoning Board of Approvals, a necessary step in the redevelopment of the building.

Plans for the building include gutting and renovating the basement for potential future tenants, re-finishing the first floor for use by the senior community, and preparing the second floor for potential future uses. The building, currently vacant except for the basement senior facilities is much-loved in the community and this project will preserve its legacy for future generations, while making the updates necessary to bring programming into the 21st century.

At the meeting, community members asked about construction timelines, design concepts, community spaces, as well as impacts to programming during construction, but were excited to see and hear about plans to provide outdoor recreational opportunities, program the space for seniors as well as the broader community, and bring more positive attention to the center and the neighborhood.

Staff from the Mayor’s Office, Department of City Planning, CitiParks, and DPW were on hand to discuss with community members and hear comments and concerns prior to the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting in February.

The City is looking forward to delivering on a commitment to rehabilitate the building and reinvigorate programming at the Brighton Healthy Active Living Center in the near future.

A copy of the presentation can be found here: Brighton HAL Presentation

Project Background

The renovation will be to incorporate the following:

  • Completely renovate the 1st floor as a Healthy Active Living Center for senior citizens.
  • Prepare basement and 2nd floor for future renovations.
  • Stormwater management around the building
  • Dumpster area that is screened and easily accessible by Environmental Services.
  • Spot point all facades. Replace corroded lintels. Restore two chimneys.
  • Abate asbestos caulking and glazing at existing windows.
  • Replace windows
  • Replace exterior doors, louvers, grilles.
  • Remove brick canopy
  • Provide a fully ADA accessible facility.
    • ADA compliant ramps to basement, parking lot w/ van accessible parking space, surface drainage, planting, clear rear yard.
    • Provide ADA accessible toilet rooms, janitor closets, drinking fountains, and lactation room.
  • New HVAC, electrical- lighting/power, data/communications, fire-protection and plumbing systems throughout the building. Basement complete as is. Finish plumbing at 2nd floor. Rough-in at 3rd floor.
  • New generator or generator hook up for the 2nd floor to make this HALC a warming-cooling center.
  • Provide an accessible route throughout the building.
  • Reinstall existing interior doors. Provide new interior doors/frames and hardware.
  • Provide drywall, insulation and vapor barriers on the interior envelope of the building. Integrate with the new windows on the first floor.
  • Provide new walls and ceilings to accommodate the proposed HALC layout.
  • Provide a warming kitchen similar to the existing kitchen.
  • Lobby stairwell enclosure.
  • New 3-stop elevator.
  • Modify building to accommodate new elevator.
  • New "hard" ceilings.
  • Floor leveler, finish floor and cove base.
  • Acoustical treatments on the first floor.
  • Tentative construction start date to begin late 2023 or early 2024 pending funding availability