PORTAGE, Mich. — Portage officials held a topping-off ceremony for the new Portage Community Senior Center on Thursday.
The ceremony was held June 3, 2021, as the last steel beam was put into place of the structure for the $12.5 million Charles & Lynn Zhang Portage Community Senior Center. The building was scheduled to be complete February 2022.
“The project would not have gotten off the ground without the Engage Empower Enrich Campaign Committee and its co-chairs, Sarah Baker and Jim Stephanack,” Portage City Manager Joe La Margo said. “I also extend my appreciation to all of the donors to the Engage Empower Enrich Campaign, and especially to Charles and Lynn Zhang for their incredibly generous gift.”
The Zhang Financial owners donated $2 million to the project and attended the ground-breaking ceremony in September 2020. More than $4.2 million was raised through donations and the balance would be paid by Portage.
The new senior center would feature a multipurpose room with a 330-seat capacity, an outdoor fireplace with a courtyard, an outdoor terrace, recreational space for pickleball and basketball, fitness space, a promenade for indoor walking, a commercial kitchen, coffee shop, and a health clinic.
Portage Mayor Patricia Randall and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton also attended the ceremony.