Open House To Present Brookview Community Center Replacement Details Is Feb 23

The City of Golden Valley will hold an open house Feb 23, 6-7:30 pm, to present general replacement plans for a new $18.2 million Brookview Community Center building and discuss the future of the project with residents. The open house will be at Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Parkway S.

After years of discussion and review, the City Council voted Dec 17 to approve a general design plan and contract for the project, with construction set to begin in fall 2016.

Although the general details for the new building have been settled, a lot of the fine details still need to be worked out, says Rick Birno, parks and recreation director.

“Community input and communication will be significant,” Birno says. The public input open house will gather feedback from residents on schematic design plans. Staff will present the finalized design at a public meeting June 14.

The open house will be Tues, Feb 23, 2016, 6–7:30 pm, at Brookview Community Center (Willow Room), 200 Brookview Parkway S.

The City Council will review the design and construction progress through check-ins at its Council/Manager work sessions (second Tuesday of each month) and will approve the final design and construction bids at regular City Council meetings. The Open Space and Recreation Commission will check in monthly, and the Planning Commission and Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission will also be involved as design work progresses.

The new 37,000-square-foot building will be constructed just south of the existing 19,000-square-foot Community Center, which means the existing building won’t have to be demolished until its replacement is up and running. Groundbreaking is set for Oct 4, 2016. Completion of the first construction phase is set for fall 2017, at which time the old building will be demolished and the second construction phase will begin, set for completion in July 2018.

The City will fund the project with a loan from its Housing and Redevelopment Authority, using a lease-purchase option on a 20-year lease. Starting in 2017, a median-value home (approximately $250,000) in Golden Valley will see an estimated $9/month increase in property taxes to pay back the bond and fund operations for this project.

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