The idea of a
community activities center was first proposed almost a decade ago. The idea is
to combine all of Orchard Park’s government provided recreation departments and
activities into one complex. Doing so would not only address a growing list of
deficiencies, it would create greater efficiencies of service, meaning more
value for tax dollars. Our intention is to put this decade-long issue before
the community for its determination, hopefully this fall.
Of set purpose
the complex has been designed in phases so that it can be built all at once, or
in select phases over time. One option would include architectural phases one
and two, inclusive of a community activities center with a core area (entry,
lobby, security desk, offices), a senior center, recreation center and a gym.
Architectural phases three and four include an indoor pool, outdoor splash pad
and a field house. A second option would be to build all four phases at once.
Cost for option one would be around $20 million. Cost for option two (all four
phases) would be around $30 million. If building were to be entirely on the tax
payer, a rough estimate at present would be an increase of $4.56 a month for
the typical home in Orchard Park (valued at $263,000) for every $10 million
Our next step
is to determine the will of the community with respect to if and which option
might be built in the near future. Once that is accomplished, assuming there is
community interest in building, a determination will be made regarding annual operational
costs and the likelihood and amounts of monies that can be secured through
non-tax means. The community will be kept fully informed as things move forward
and developments occur.
Link to the Wendel Presenation for proposed Community Center (click here)
foot amounts are as follows:
$20 million (phases 1-2): 69,000 square feet
$30-33 million (all phases): 136,000 square feet