Approval of liquor license as opening of new Portage senior center nears

PORTAGE, MI — In preparation for the opening of the new senior center in Portage, City Council has approved an application for a liquor license for future special events at the facility.

The Charles & Lynn Zhang Community Center for Seniors in Portage is scheduled to open this spring and once open will host several special events, Portage City Council said Tuesday, March 8.

To accommodate these future events, Portage City Council has approved an application for a liquor license that will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at scheduled on-site events. General permit approval eliminates the need to apply for individual licenses for each event throughout the year, the board-approved agenda item says.

“At any event where alcohol is to be served, Portage Seniors Community Center staff will work with public safety to develop controls to ensure safe and successful events,” the point reads. agenda.

Staff and volunteers will need to undergo special training and must be at least 21 years old.

The senior center, located at 203 E. Center Avenue in Portage, is the result of a multi-million dollar fundraiser. Lynn Zhang and her husband, Charles, have contributed $2 million to the project that will bear their name, the city said.

Related: A $12.5M community center for seniors takes shape in Portage

The center will include a multi-purpose hall that can accommodate 330 people, a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace, an outdoor terrace for summer activities, a recreational space for activities such as pickleball and basketball, a fitness area, a central promenade for market, a commercial kitchen, a café, a space dedicated to games or reading and a health clinic.

A rendering of the Charles & Lynn Zhang Portage Community Senior Center in Portage, Michigan on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The senior community is expected to be completed in 2022. (Joel Bissell | Bissell |

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