The Buildings

The Buildings

The former St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Shrine property served its parishioners for over 60 years. The church, parish hall and rectory buildings were designed by James H. Livingston Associates of Ann Arbor.  Construction began in the summer of 1961 and the church was dedicated in July 14, 1963. However, in recent years the facility has been unoccupied and has fallen into disrepair becoming a financial burden. The Wagoner Center project will transform these landmark buildings into a modern and functional facility allowing the MCCOA to fulfill its mission for years to come. 

The new Wagoner Center will be located at 260 St. Mary's Pkwy in Manistee. 


Phase 1

Former Parish Center


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This former activity center will feature a new, state-of-the-art kitchen to support the Meals on Wheels operation as well as open hall space to serve as the temporary dining room and main gathering area. In addition, this building will have a permanent space for our food pantry. Until Phase 2 is complete, this space will serve as the main facility for the Manistee County Senior Center. 

Exterior envelope, re-roofing entire facility, painting and trim, renovate former parish center including kitchen, activity and multi-purpose space, maker space/shop area mechanical and electrical improvements, re-sealing and stripping of parking lot, new entry/garage doors and outdoor patio.

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This spectacular space features enormous bent-wood beams that rise some 75 feet in the air. The current layout will be reconfigured to accommodate the daily dining hall and

gathering space. Additional space will be provided for staff offices, meeting room, lounge area, library and health and wellness services suite. There will also be an exterior canopy and main reception area.

Renovate former church/sanctuary area to become main dining hall and meeting area, includes offices, reception area, conference rooms, lounge, library, health services suite as well as a main entry canopy.

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The master plan/vision is to develop this area into a drop-in adult daycare/memory care facility that will offer services currently not available in this area. In addition to providing caregivers a much needed break, this concept will also provide a source of revenue for the MCCOA/Wagoner Center.

Renovate former rectory building into space for a drop-in adult daycare/memory care facility.


Exterior landscaping, design, review and construction management, furniture, equipment and signage. 


Completion of Phase 1 will allow the MCCOA to relocate the present Senior Center to the former parish center and liquated the existing property which is appraised at $230,000. Fundraising efforts will continue throughout 2019 and any funds raised beyond the goal will be directed for supporting future maintenance and capital improvements. 


The Tomorrow Begins Today Capital Campaign will leverage the local resources of the Manistee County Council on Aging with funds raised from sources outside of the community, including state and federal government funds and contributions from private individuals and foundations.

Outdoor Patio Multiple Phases


The outdoor patio project is the brainchild of the 2018-19 Leadership Class of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. This motivated group of local professionals will fundraise, provide sweat equity and in-kind donations to construct a multifaceted outdoor patio on the west side of the building. The initial phase calls for a large patio area with picnic tables and a fire pit. Future phases call for walking trails and garden areas giving our seniors a safe and relaxing environment to enjoy the great outdoors. More information will be available soon.