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O'Hara Council green lights new $8.2 million community center

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 10:45 p.m.

Boyd Community Center Executive Director Stephanie Flom couldn't contain her excitement Tuesday night after hearing O'Hara Council give the green light to a new $8.2 million facility.

“It's finally happening,” she said, raising her arms into the air. “People wanted to see something moving on this, and they're going to get it.”

Council voted unanimously to seek bids for construction on a new center that will replace the 31-year-old former school building along Powers Run Road that serves as the center's home.

Some residents previously questioned the move since organizers are short about $500,000 in the capital campaign.

But Flom said moving forward is crucial.

“The bid is so important as it will determine the actual cost of the project,” Flom said. “Donors want to help us fill any remaining gap to build this amazing building, and the bid will provide this essential information.”

Flom said the new site will be built to suit the needs of Lower Valley residents, with room for program growth. The base bid for the new facility will be 28,000 square feet.

Boyd offers more than 300 courses in cramped classrooms that often are subject to maintenance problems, Flom said.

“We are thrilled to proceed with this,” she said of the project that's been stalled five years in planning and fundraising.

Township Manager Julie Jakubec said council will seek bids on six contracts that include electrical, plumbing and general construction work.

Bids will be due by May 6.

The community center would be built on the existing 11-acre property, which houses the Boyd building.

If a contract is awarded in May, construction is expected to be completed by 2015.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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