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O'Hara community center plans stalled by need to rebid site work

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:56 a.m.

O'Hara Council on Tuesday night delivered unwanted news to supporters of a new $8.2 million community center.

Contract proposals for site work on the Powers Run Road facility had to be rebid, stalling the project at least one month.

Other bids for electrical, plumbing and general contracting are being reviewed.

Members of the Community Center Board, who were not at the meeting, hoped that contract bids would be awarded this week and a groundbreaking would follow this summer.

Barb Satler, interim executive director, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Plans call for a 28,000-square-foot center to be built on the same 11-acre campus where the existing facility sits.

The new site will include a gym, multi-purpose room, meeting space and a cafe. It will replace the current Boyd Community Center where leaders said programs have outgrown the classroom space in the 32-year-old former elementary school.

With a capital campaign under way more than three years, volunteers are closing in on the total cost. At last count, Satler said organizers were within $500,000.

Councilman Bart Bodkin said funding will squarely determine whether council votes to move forward.

Council President Bob Smith said new bids for site work will be opened at 7 p.m. July 1.

“It's our hope that we will vote on July 8,” he said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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