The city is extensively renovating the 60-year-old Logan Multi-Purpose Center, adding more activity rooms, new restrooms with showers, upgraded heating and air conditioning systems, a new color scheme and other features.
Concord is providing $300,000 for interior improvements. Exterior work is made possible by $200,000 in federal stimulus funds.
The interior work will also include a new front desk and office near the front door to improve supervision and safety, Concord Parks and Recreation Director Bob Dowless said.
All the walls, old fixtures and plumbing have been removed in the old showers, freeing up the space for new restrooms, each with a shower, and additional space for the center, Dowless said.
Complete renovations have begun in the wing of the building that housed the multi-purpose and arts and crafts rooms.
Workers have removed the permanent wall between the rooms, creating a much-needed larger space with a capacity of 150.
Movable partition walls are being installed to allow for three separate rooms, meaning the center will have up to five activity rooms, compared with the original two.
The space used by the Cabarrus County Department of Aging's Lunch Plus program is also being expanded to allow for a better kitchen and more storage for events and the Lunch Plus program.
Lunch Plus representatives were advised of the renovations well in advance and made plans to provide lunches off site until the work is done, city officials said. Having more space will allow Lunch Plus to expand its services in the Logan neighborhood if needed, officials said.
A major part of the project has involved demolishing much of the interior, including load-bearing walls. The building structure was supported during the work by extensive temporary shoring. New steel framework was designed, built and installed, allowing for a much more open interior.
The exterior is being updated with a new color scheme and energy-efficient glass. All the existing windows and doors will be replaced, and an automatic accordion (bi-fold) door will be installed at the main entrance to make it easier for senior adults to enter and leave the building.
Work on the improvements should be complete by April, Dowless said.
The center also offers several of the city's signature recreation programs, including the Southwest Karate Academy, treat night, cross-court basketball, health-related programs, billiards tournaments, adult day trips, youth basketball and the Vibe Tennis Program.
Work begins Monday to extend Powder Street
CONCORD Weather permitting, work will begin Monday on the Community Development Block Grant-funded Powder Street realignment/extension project.
Powder Street Southwest terminates at a dead end near Melrose Drive Southwest. The project will re-work the intersection of Powder and Pecan Avenue and extend the road to Melrose, providing additional access for neighborhood residents, city officials said.
The project will include sidewalks along city-owned properties and curb and gutter along Powder from Melrose to Sycamore, which will improve storm drainage.
Some minor utility adjustments will be completed to accommodate the new road, but only brief interruptions in service are expected.
The project's contractor has up to 31/2 months to complete the work. To avoid the construction area, drivers and pedestrians should use Robbins Street and Pecan Avenue.
Anyone with questions or concerns should call 704-920-5425.
Providencia USA holds ribbon cutting
STATESVILLE Providencia USA held a Jan. 27 ribbon cutting to officially open its $70million nonwovens plant in West Industrial Park.
CEO Hermínio Freitas then joined Gov. Bev Perdue in announcing a $60 million expansion of the facility, which will create 28 jobs by 2013.
Combined, Providencia USA's two phases represent the largest announced manufacturing investment in Statesville in 23 years, said Michael Smith, executive director of the Greater Statesville Development Corp.
The company originally announced plans to build its first North American manufacturing plant in Statesville in September 2008, but the economic downturn caused a delay in groundbreaking to this year.
Groundbreaking for Youth United house
CORNELIUS Our Towns Habitat for Humanity was scheduled to hold a groundbreaking celebration on Saturday for its fifth Youth United house, on Lynn Lane off Poole Place Drive.
Student volunteers from North Mecklenburg High, Pine Lake Preparatory Upper School, Lake Norman High, Davidson College and the surrounding community will build the home.
Students raised the money needed to build the home by hosting several fundraisers. They also received a $4,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance agent Roger O'Connell of Davidson.
Forum to put blueberry research under microscope
KANNAPOLIS Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute, will share nutrition information and research updates on blueberries at a free forum from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the North Carolina Research Campus.
Lila will present "Berries: Stressed for Success" during the informal gathering at Restaurant Forty-Six on the campus.
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