Work progresses on community center

 

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Ronnie Hawks, of Hawks Builders, provides an update on the Community Center construction as Councilman Tyre' Holloway looks on.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Ronnie Hawks, of Hawks Builders, provides an update on the Community Center construction as Councilman Tyre’ Holloway looks on.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — It’s no longer a pipe dream. It’s no longer a bunch of golden-plated shovels stuck in a pile of sand.

Work on the new Dobbins Heights Community Center, which celebrated a groundbreaking on May 1, is moving forward day by day. A Hawks Builders work crew has finished pouring the concrete foundation and as soon as Wednesday could be erecting the steel frame for the building.

“The plumbing is roughed in,” Ronnie Hawks told Dobbins Heights Town Council members during a public meeting Thursday night. The steele building is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, July 16. We’ll start standing it up as soon as it gets here.”

Hawks said the council would soon need to make decisions on the style and color of bricks to be used.

“We expect for it to move along pretty rapidly now,” Hawks said.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The foundation has been poured for the new Dobbins Heights Community Center.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The foundation has been poured for the new Dobbins Heights Community Center.

The $500,000 project is fully funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The 4,000-square-foot building will consist of two small multipurpose rooms, a larger multipurpose room and a warming kitchen with a serving window. The building has an expandable wall for future expansion. The building also will have an office for staff and a covered entrance to allow for dry, safe drop-offs and pick-ups despite inclement weather.

The center will have offer Wi-Fi for Internet users, plus have large screen television sets.

Mayor Antonio Blue said the facility will be “start of the art” for the town and its residents.

 

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