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‘Pie in the sky’
The renderings and cost estimates were for a “pie in the sky” facility, VandeCastle said. The project could be built all at once or in phases, with Phase One being the “big-box structure” of the courts, locker rooms and restrooms. Phase Two would be the education center. Remaining phases would include the lobby, courtyard and outdoor courts.
The cost estimates were based on the Baseline Center at the U, which was built in 2001, taking into account a 4 percent increase in costs every year and the fact that the Baseline Center is about twice the size of the proposed local facility and includes an ice rink.
“The numbers are only going to go down as the plan tightens up,” VandeCastle said.
Council Member Matt Lehman asked about the city and Park Board doing joint programming in the facilities classrooms and computer lab. The answer: Possibly.
The organizers said a date has not been set to begin fundraising. That would likely take 18 to 24 months. If the money couldn’t be raised, the project would fold, they said. If it could, construction likely would take another year.
In a perfect world, they said, the doors could open as soon as 2018.
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