News and Tribune

March 27, 2014

Big ticket projects moving along in New Albany

Multiuse center should open in late fall

By DANIEL SUDDEATH
daniel.suddeath@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — Three houses are set to be razed Monday along Daisy Lane, as the city begins laying the framework for an outdoor aquatic center on the former Camille Wright pool property.

The project — estimated to cost about $9 million — will be opened for bids in early April, and New Albany officials anticipate a contract will be awarded for construction by the end of next month.

The city will request cost estimates for additional features such as the style of the canopy for the water park. But as far as tweaks in the design go, there’s “nothing substantial from what everyone has seen on the rendering” said David Duggins, director of economic development and redevelopment for the city.

The aquatic center is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015, and is one of the multiple projects being footed through a $19.6 million bond. The bond is set to be repaid with tax-increment financing revenue.

Fire station to open in May

The new fire station  adjacent to the aquatic center property is close to being completed.

The station will replace the Green Valley Road firehouse, which is being purchased by Kroger.

Kroger will pay the city $1.5 million for the fire station and property in order to utilize the site for an expansion.

That sum will in turn be used to pay down the $5 million loan that is footing the new station, as well as upgrades to the Grant Line Road and Twin Oaks firehouses.

The new station is on track to be ready for use by early May.

As for the other upgrades, a 40-foot training tower will be installed next month at the Grant Line fire station, which fronts Sam Peden Community Park.

“It’s going to really play a huge role in our training and our safety for our department, and other departments as well,” New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot said Thursday.

Electrical, plumbing and HVAC improvements are also slated for the Grant Line firehouse. City officials are still planning what upgrades will be made to the Twin Oaks fire station, which is located off Charlestown Road.

Land cleared for multiuse center

Some buildings have already been demolished on the former Hoosier Panel property, and more structures will be taken down in the coming days as the site is prepared for a multiuse recreational center.

An Oct. 31 completion date is slated for the project.

“We’re on schedule for a late fall opening for the facility,” Duggins said.

Morel Construction Co. was awarded a $5.083 million contract in December to construct the 30,000 square-foot facility, as well as to build splash pads, a walking trail and a skate park on the site.

The project is being paid for out of the $19.6 million bond that’s also covering the aquatic center construction.

Improvements to Cannon Acres and Binford Park are also being funded through the bond.