of the new Gilles-Sweet Elementary School will begin in April
(Image courtesy of Architectural Vision Group, Ltd.)
planners announce construction schedule
By Kevin Kelley
Published April 13, 2005
School Athletic Field and Morton Park Tennis Courts
2005 - Sept. 30, 2005
and concession stand
2006 - Aug. 31, 2006
of old Gilles-Sweet Elementary School
2005 - Dec. 30, 2005
Gilles-Sweet Elementary School
2006 - Aug. 8, 2007
2005 - Aug. 12, 2005
2006 to Oct. 1, 2007
and middle school addition
2006 - Dec. 28, 2007
As former CBS
anchorman Dan Rather might have put it, the Feb. 8 vote approving
the Gemini Project was "as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a '55
portion of the city-school project a .5 percent increase
in the city income tax to build a recreation center passed
by only 59 votes out of 5,693 ballots cast.
But it did
pass, and city officials are eager to get the work started.
be broken for the new rec center on April 1, 2006, construction
managers for the city and school district announced Thursday. Work
should be completed by October 2007.
of Kelly Construction Management Associates Inc., construction manager
for the city's portion of Gemini, and Tari Rivera, president of
Regency Construction Services, which is managing the school district's
portion of the project, unveiled the timeline for the various components
of the Gemini Project at Thursday's public meeting at City Hall.
his company and Regency will act as partners throughout the construction
period. They are working together on important aspects of the project,
he said, such as the master budget and schedule.
a more difficult job than his company, Kelly said, because it must
renovate Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School while students
are still using the school, he said.
"It's a lot
easier to build a new building than renovate an existing one," he
Work on the
high school and middle school will take place between June 2006
and December 2007.
of Gilles-Sweet Elementary School will begin Aug. 1 of this year.
Construction of the new school on the same site will begin in April
of 2006. Students in grades kindergarten through five will move
into the new building in the fall of 2007.
artificial turf will replace the grass at the high school athletic
field this summer, Kelly said, and be ready for the fall sports
season. Next summer, additional improvements to the field will be
made, including new seating, a new concession stand and a storage
tennis courts, which must be removed from the high school site to
make way for the rec center, will be moved to Morton Park this summer,
companies are committed to spending as much project money as possible
within Fairview Park to benefit the city's economy, Kelly said.
over backward ... to include our contracting community here in Fairview
Park," he said.
Committee member Joyce Gusman reported there are plans for an open
house at the old Gilles-Sweet School before it is demolished. Historical
items and other memorabilia from the school will be collected and
auctioned off to benefit the district's capital improvement fund,
NO DEAL YET
ON TRAILER PARK: Plans for the new rec center assume a trailer
park located east of the library would be acquired by the city. On
Feb.3 the city released a statement saying the city had reached an
agreement in principle with the trailer park's about acquisition of
"We're in the
process of purchasing the property through negotiations," Mayor
Eileen Patton said at Thursday's meeting.
At its April
4 meeting, city council placed on first reading a resolution "declaring
the necessity and intention to appropriate property" needed to complete
the Gemini Project.
West Life the resolution was introduced "just to have the necessary
legislation in place in case we have to acquire the land by eminent
has not been reached at this point but we're still in discussions
with (the owner)," Patton said.
The mayor said
the resolution was not intended to place pressure on the trailer
a piece to prepare us because we're on a timeline," she said.
park's owner, Elias Kafantaris, did not return phone calls seeking