Verdant Community Wellness Center now under construction

Noticeable changes are underway at the future site of the Verdant Community Wellness Center at 4710 196th Street SW in Lynnwood.

The building, a former bank branch, is being renovated by the Verdant Health Commission, which will use the space to offer community health and wellness classes, workshops and programs, as well as serve as the main office for Verdant.

Demolition of some areas within the interior of the building began April 28, but the most visible change happened the week of May 5 when contractors began removing the exterior drive-thru canopy.

“We at Verdant support the residents of South Snohomish County by investing in health and wellness programs,” said Bob Knowles, president of the Board of Commissioners for Verdant. “Since 2011, we’ve provided $7.1 million in programming, and the opening of the Verdant Community Wellness Center is the next step in our efforts to improve the health and wellness of our community. We plan to collaborate with a lot of community groups, nonprofits and other agencies to fill the building with interesting classes and offerings.”

The nearly 9,000-square-feet building will include a large training room, a demonstration kitchen for healthy cooking classes, a medium-sized classroom, several smaller meeting rooms, plug-and-play work stations for Verdant’s partners and office space for Verdant’s six employees.

“We have dreamed of this space for several years and are really looking forward to opening our doors this winter,” said Carl Zapora, superintendent of the Verdant Health Commission. “We are thrilled to have found a permanent location that’s centrally located for our residents, easy to access and will give us plenty of flexibility to serve our residents well in the years to come.”

The general contractor on the project is MJ Takisaki, Inc., and the architect is Ankrom Moisan.