COMMUNITY CENTER TO CLOSE EARLY NEXT SATURDAY, OCT. 5
The Portland Community Center will close early on Saturday, Oct. 5, to allow for the installation of a new transformer. The work requires power to be shut down to the building to ensure the safety of the public and work crews. The Community Center will close at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. It will reopen at noon on Sunday, Oct. 6, and resume its normal operating hours.
The work is part of the Portland Community Center Expansion & Renovation Project. The project is about 75% complete and is anticipated to be complete by mid-December. The facility will reopen in time for the annual Christmas in Portland event, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14.
In May 2016, Portland voters authorized the City to sell bonds to expand and rehabilitate the Community Center, located at 2000 Billy G. Webb Drive. The $25,200,000 bond issuance also included the reconstruction of the Sports Complex and Municipal Park, both of which were recently completed under budget and ahead of schedule.
The Community Center project includes additions and renovations to the existing Community Center and adjacent grounds. New additions to the building include approximately 17,400 square feet of meeting spaces, kitchen, offices, lobbies, restrooms, and corridors. Additional new construction includes the building main entrance, a covered drop-off canopy at the north entrance, and general site improvements. Major and minor renovations of approximately 28,800 square feet include restrooms, lockers, kitchen, meeting areas, racquetball courts, offices, and corridors. Existing areas not covered by the renovations will have minor upgrades to finishes.
On Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, the City of Portland held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the Community Center Expansion Project. Portland Mayor Cathy Skurow and City Manager Randy Wright were joined by architect David Richter, whose firm Richter Architects designed the expansion project, and Shannon Reynolds from Beecroft Construction, the contractor for the project. Current Portland City Councilmember Bill Wilson, who was the original architect for the Community Center when it was built in 1995 was on hand to talk to the dozens of people who attended the brief ceremony.
The project’s anticipated construction schedule is:
Groundbreaking October 29, 2018
Begin Site and Foundation Work November 2018
Begin Full Construction and Close Athletic Side December 10, 2018
Open Athletic Side Late Spring 2019
Close Ballroom Side Late Spring 2019
Complete Construction December 2019
Christmas in Portland December 14, 2019