The Greensboro City Council is all over this projected aquatics center planned for the Greensboro Coliseum area and it appears that this is not a new project, but that it has become a delayed project and the longer you wait on projects such as this one, the higher the overall costs become.
Remember the IceHouse that was planned for the old Tobacco USA lot that sits across the street from the Coliseum? That got moved out toward the Fleming Road area and then it got pushed back toward the Coliseum and then it never got built. Finally some sort of IceHouse got built out near Terry Labonte’s Chevrolet on the west side, off of West Wendover Avenue and Stanley Road.
Will the Aquatics Center go the way of the Greensboro IceHouse and never get built? The IceHouse out off of West Wendover is a private facility and we don’t have a public skating facility and the US Figure Skaking Championships are coming here soon….
Just think, maybe if we got the Aquatics Center we could host some national swim meets, but if this project doesn’t get approved and get started soon, will it end up like that of the Winston-Salem Dash…..Just look at all the cost overruns that they have encountered during their building delays, even though that involves public and private money and now more public, than what they initially had planned for.
If the Aquatics Center ends up getting bulit, are we taking an economic plunge that may end up as a positive for the city of Greensboro and the surrounding communities, or will we end up taking a dive and end up seeing taxpayers dollars floating down the drain?
This could end up helping many kids, so in reality you have to see it as a positive and take a deep breath and jump into the deep end and see if you can tread the waters when the going gets tough.
This would probably serve us much better in the long run, than an ampitheater that could only be used in the warmer months and that would be good for only about seven months out of the year, whereas the Aquatics Center would be open year-round….
The Coliseum has already started digging the hole for the ampitheater, so why not put that on hold and make that hole deeper and wider and make the pool/aquatics center a priority……
From what I’ve been reading, it sounds like new City Councilman Danny Thompson is saying, that we have to build them residents something, so let’s make this a more circular version of Buffalo Creek and that Mayor Bill Knight wants something that can save money and only be used during the day and not at night.
Just remember, the longer we wait the greater the chance that there will never be an Aquatics Center and if and when, they finally decide to move forward, the longer you wait, the deeper the hole will get and this hole will not hold water.
The adults do not see the true values of the Aquatics Center, but the kids do and that’s who should be considered here as the local kids and the ones that will come here from out of town and spend money, are our FUTURE……
Here’s what they were saying at the City Council meeting:
â€œWe have to build them (city residents) a pool. Letâ€™s do it in the most practical, cost-effective and revenue-generating way possible,â€ Councilman Danny Thompson said.
The four newly elected council members are trying to reconcile a $6.8 million funding gap between the $12 million aquatic center that voters approved in 2008 and the $18.8 million center that the previous City Council agreed last week to build.
At the briefing, the new council members and returning member Mary Rakestraw got a recap of the project.
Members wanted to know why city staff thought they could save money by building the pool in the recession.
At the time the city had been seeing other construction bids come in up to 15 percent under budget, Deputy City Manager Bob Morgan said. But because the pool project was so specialized, the project didnâ€™t incur any savings.
â€œThere was a lot of discussion about how much we think we could save if we go out in the marketplace now,â€ Morgan told council members. â€œThere was a lot of hope we would get a good bid.â€
Still, the city engineering staff felt like the $18.8 million center they helped design was a good price, considering a similar center was built for more than $20 million in Cary.
The architects and city staff have already redesigned some parts of the building to reduce the original low bid. They have kept the design features that major swimming organizations require of their facilities.
â€œWe could get it down more, but then we wouldnâ€™t have anything to market,â€ Morgan said. â€œSo it wouldnâ€™t be as good of an investment.â€
Read full article from News and Record Click Here.