January 23, 2020

Rec Center takes next step

Rec Center takes next step

By Jerry W. Kram
New Town got a step closer to building a recreation center that will combine a 79-seat theater, eight lane bowling alley and an arcade and concessions on Main Street. The New Town City Council authorized construction manager Consolidated Construction to seek bids on the $6.5 million project.
The Recreation Center has been under consideration for a few years and will be a joint project of the City of New Town and the North Segment of the MHA Nation. The city and the segment are each putting up $3 million to build the project, and the city providing the land and North Segment covering the operating costs once it is finished.
A design committee that includes council member Thomas Nash and Jesse Baker have been working with architects and engineers to make sure the project will meet the needs of the community and come in on or under budget. Consolidated Construction representative Jim Parris told the council several changes were made to the original design concept, mostly dealing with heating and air conditioning, insulation, and construction materials that shaved about a half million dollars off of projected costs.

 
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