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Church Hill to construct new building for Senior Center pool

February 18th, 2009 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo






CHURCH HILL — The Church Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed Tuesday to build an addition adjacent to the future Senior Center facility for an indoor swimming pool.


Originally the pool was to be located inside the 12,000-square-foot Senior Center, which is being built in the rear half of the former IGA grocery store building facing Main Boulevard.


But with the county’s sale of the current Senior Center facility, a building on the Church Hill Middle School campus, the seniors will have to be relocated in their new facility sooner than the pool can be completed.


Mayor Dennis Deal said an addition for the pool shouldn’t increase the cost of the project much because the original plan called for construction of a “building inside the building” to house the pool in the northeast corner of the center.


“Basically all we’re doing is taking that inside building and moving it outside to build it,” Deal told the BMA during Tuesday’s meeting. “It will be on the same site, and the bathrooms will be fairly close. It will allow us to finish up the center and get them moved in — I really think without a whole lot of extra cost.”


The city’s lease at the current Senior Center facility expires June 30. Although the new Senior Center is expected to be completed this summer, it might not make the June 30 deadline.


Deal wanted it made clear, however, that it will still be an indoor pool. But it will be located in a new building to be constructed outside the existing structure.


An architect is expected to visit the site Thursday to stake out the walls of the future building.


The Senior Center project is the third of three public facilities built into the former IGA building, which was purchased by the city two years ago. The 8,000-square-foot Church Hill Public Library was completed in February of 2008, followed by a 6,000-square-foot fitness center completed last summer.


The overall cost of the project is expected to be about $900,000.


In other business the mayor mentioned that the 2009-10 budget workshop will likely be scheduled for late March, but he said board members should keep in mind that a substantial amount of paving will need to be completed in the next fiscal year.


Among the roads slated for a facelift are all of Old Stage Road, South Central Avenue south of the Main Boulevard intersection, and Main Boulevard between the North/South Central Avenue intersection and Silver Lake Road.


The BMA also approved its 2007-08 fiscal year audit report presented by Brian Price. There was only one finding on the audit, which Price described as minor involving a late expenditure that put the city over budget by $6,400. The city had “ample reserves to cover that,” Price noted.


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