Research into updating La Crosse's two senior centers moves forward after approval from the La Crosse City Council on Thursday.
The approval comes after a public opinion survey earlier this year showed support for retaining the city's two senior centers, rather than combining them.
Thursday's decision allocates funds to research renovations for the Harry J. Olson Senior Center on La Crosse's north side, and to create a plan that would combine the South Side Center and South Community Library.
The senior center research is in an effort to ensure quality programming for seniors is available in La Crosse for years to come.
"I think it's just a really good indication of the community support and what we would like to see for robust programming and events, and other things available for our seniors," Mayor of La Crosse Tim Kabat describes.
The approved plan also puts the minds of senior center officials at rest, ensuring their ability to increase programming in the future.
"I think they will see that we have many new things coming up and so it should be wonderful for older seniors and younger seniors," Harry J. Olson Senior Center Board President Marilyn Rudser elaborates.
Mayor Kabat says there is no final completion date for the research but the city hopes to learn more from the analysis by August of this year.