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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Community Center's $1.2M project to soon begin

  • Scaffolding could start going up around Riverfront Community Center next week as part of a project to replace sandstone on the building's exterior walls, Leavenworth city officials said.
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      • Work on a sandstone replacement project may begin next week at Riverfront Community Center.


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      • Work on a sandstone replacement project may begin next week at Riverfront Community Center.



      • City officials: Sandstone from the original 1888 building has deteriorated.



      • The stone replacement project will cost $1.2 million and be funded primarily through a Kansas Department of Transportation grant.



      • The community center's main entrance will close during the project, but visitors may enter the building through the gymnasium area.

  • Scaffolding could start going up around Riverfront Community Center next week as part of a project to replace sandstone on the building's exterior walls, Leavenworth city officials said.
    The building's main entrance will be closed during the $1.2 million project, and visitors will have to enter the community center from the south side.
    Public Works Department Director Mike McDonald said the sandstone ties walls of the original building together. The sandstone has deteriorated since the building was constructed in 1888.
    In fact, he said pieces of sandstone continue to flake off from the building's exterior.
    "It happens every day," he said.
    The Community Center building was originally a train deport.
    McDonald said sandstone used in the building's construction came from a quarry in the Tonganoxie area. He believes the sandstone was determined at some point to be "less than desirable," and there is no record of it being used for any other major projects.
    Despite the deterioration, McDonald said the building is not considered dangerous, and it will remain open during construction.
    McDonald said the main entrance area will be taken "completely apart" during the project.
    He said bricks and windows will have to be removed to replace sandstone pieces.
    He said a temporary wall will be constructed to cover the front of the building.
    As part of the project, workers also will be replacing sandstone on the south wall of the original building. They also will be performing work on the back side of the building.
    "They expect to be done by October or early November," McDonald said.
    The $1.2 million project is funded primarily through a Kansas Department of Transportation grant, but the city was required to provide a 20 percent match.
    The contract work was awarded to Performance Contracting from Grandview, Mo. There was an alternate bid for additional work that was not included in the project.
    Project Manager Mike Hooper said the city will need to secure additional funding before going forward with the remaining alternate bid.
    When the main entrance closes, people visiting the Community Center will be asked to enter through the gymnasium at the south end of the facility, Parks and Recreation Department Director Julie Anderson said.
    A small office located off the gymnasium will be used as the reception desk area.
    When there are activities in the gymnasium, people will be directed to enter through a door on the east side of the building near the gym.
    Anderson said signboards will be used to direct people to the correct entrance.
    She said none of the activities on the building's lowest level will be impacted by the stone replacement project, and rooms on the main level continue to be rented.
    Page 2 of 2 - Anderson said the stone replacement work may cause noise, and people may be discouraged from renting rooms when equipment such as jackhammers are in use.
    "We're telling people when they rent the facility what's going on," she said.
    She said there still are plenty of people who are planning to use the Community Center during the project.
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