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CNCC site gets high marks

Consultant ranks potential recreation center properties

Christina M. Currie

The difference between locating a recreation center at the old Country General building or at the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig property is about $760,000 — much closer than the $5 million difference originally expected.

The main difference is that the price tag on the Country General building hovers at $1.4 million while Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) will donate a portion of the 100 acres purchased for future expansion.

In an evaluation done by Sink Combs Dethlefs, an architectural firm hired by the recreation center steering committee, the amenities of each site were ranked.

The ranking was multiplied by a number indicating the importance of that amenity to the committee.

Using that ranking system, the CNCC property was given a 67 and the Country General property a 63.

Both sites were evaluated at 52,000 square foot.

The construction costs came in fairly close. The reason for that, Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike said, is that the most expensive components — the gymnasium and swimming pool — would have to be constructed from scratch at both sites.

The committee will meet in January to make a final decision.

Criteria used to make the decision were site size versus the components desired, expansion potential, access to the site, impact on the surrounding area, land and utility infrastructure costs, site character and context, site exposure and image and project costs.

The CNCC site received high marks because of the available size and site character. Country General was ranked high in the areas of site exposure and access.

Utility costs for both sites were similar — with the cost of purchasing the property at Country General evening out with the cost of running utilities to the CNCC property.

There are limited asbestos and lead paint possibilities at the Country General site.

“They didn’t feel that would be a big problem for us,” Pike said.

A hydraulic lift and oil holding tank would also need to be removed at the Country General site.

The soils on both sites were similar — natural sands over bedrock.

SCD recommended the electrical service at the Country General building be replaced and the storm drainage in the parking lot be improved at the Country General Building, and said the roof and insulation needed to be replaced.

During the creation of the parks and recreation master plan, residents and consultants evaluated several potential sites and narrowed them down. Once a committee was created to bring plans for a recreation center to fruition, the idea of using Country General was submitted.

Instead of evaluating the pros and cons of each site themselves, committee members decided to hire and architectural firm to give an unbiased analysis.

The city of Craig, Moffat County, Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig and the Moffat County School District each kicked in $5,000 toward the study.

The building, as designed by SCD would contain a gymnasium, racquetball courts, racing pool, leisure pool with a slide, an indoor shooting range, small kitchen, game room, fitness center and child care facilities.

The recreation center would be a single-level structure if built on the Country General site, with additions being made for the pool and gymnasium.

On the CNCC site, it would be a two-level structure with the same components.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.


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