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Committee to give recommendations on rec centers

November 16, 2018
  • Projects
As seen in The Mercury. Reported by Bryan Richardson. (Nov 14,2018) 

A steering committee for the city’s proposed indoor recreation centers is on its way to presenting its recommendations for a commission vote on Jan. 22.

City commissioners received information about floor plans and placement of the centers at Anthony and Eisenhower middle schools during a work session Wednesday.

The committee preferred putting the centers where they won’t interfere with the school parking lots. The goal is to make the centers look more like a standalone facility even though they will be on school grounds.

“Each of these recreation facilities needed to have their own identity and needed to be separate but connected to the school,” said Barry Schmidt of McCownGordon Construction.

Commissioner Jerred McKee said he liked the committee’s options for the centers’ placement.

“One of the things I thought about during the whole process is how do we make sure people understand that these buildings are distinctive from the school building,” he said.

Last November, Manhattan residents approved a quarter-cent sales tax estimated to generate $27.5 million in 10 years for parks and recreation projects, including the recreation centers.

The centers have a total budget of $17 million. This includes a $6.35 million base cost for each facility, $2 million in site preparations for both facilities, $255,000 in furniture, fixtures and equipment costs, and $45,000 for testing and inspections.

This leaves $2 million in remaining costs that could be put into the facilities.

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