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Plans for new Grandview community center move forward

GRANDVIEW - It's official, Grandview is getting a new multi-use community center.

That's the result of action the city council took last night, Tuesday, to authorize Mayor Norm Childress to sign an agreement with the state to accept a $1 million community development block grant for the new building.

The 29-page agreement approved last night was a final formality for the grant, which the city learned it had received back in May.

At the same time, though, Grandview took a first step last night towards building the new community center at Country Fair Park by reviewing qualifications for an architectural firm to draw up plans.

Interim City Administrator Cus Arteaga noted there were 17 firms who submitted their qualifications, with the firm of Brockway, Opfer, Raab winning out with the best overall score of 86.1 out of 99 points.

The firm is no stranger to Grandview, having served as architects for the Workforce Education Center on YVCC's Grandview campus

The next step calls for Arteaga to negotiate a contract with the Yakima-based company and present it to council for review at the next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Besides the million dollars in hand from grant funding, the city will also apply $360,000 to the new community center from the proceeds of selling the existing senior center building to YVCC-Grandview.

Councilman Mike Bren suggested the city keep some of that $360,000 back in reserves in case there are cost overruns associated with the project or if extra administrative funds are needed for audits.

Mayor Norm Childress agreed, though Arteaga said he thought the full $360,000 was already committed to construction of the community center building. Arteaga said he would research the issue and bring a report back at the next council meeting.

Among the uses for the new multi-purpose building will be a senior center, as well as youth programs and community-wide activities.

Until the community center at Country Fair Park is built, the city has a rental agreement with YVCC to continue using the existing senior center building.

Grandview hopes to break ground on the new center in spring 2011.

YVCC's eventual plans call for using the current senior center building as additional classroom space.

Grandview's successful grant application for the community center was one of just 18 projects funded statewide during the recent round of community development block grants and the only one in the Lower Valley.

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