A rainy August and September made for a muddy construction site for Reynoldsburg's new YMCA Community Center, but the project still is on schedule, according to Service Director Bill Sampson.

"Our contractor team builds bad-weather delays into their schedule, but both August and September had many days that were complete rainouts and several others where crews could squeeze in only a half-day's work," he said. "The rain has caused some project shuffling and creativity with scheduling.

"However, we are still on schedule for the end of 2019," he said.

The two-story, 70,000-square-foot recreation center is being built on 10 acres at the site of the former Reynoldsburg Swim Club off Davidson Drive.

Plans call for community rooms, a fitness center, gymnasium, studio space and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, with the facility to be operated by YMCA of Central Ohio. Additionally, 13,000 square feet of the building will be leased by OhioHealth to house a primary-care physicians' practice.

Sampson said he would give an update on the project at the City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 8, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

Meanwhile, the Gilbane Construction contractor team is moving forward with foundation and underground utility work, he said.

"The team recently poured the footing portions of the foundations," Sampson said. "The sequence of pouring the footing included excavating and preparing an open-earth trench, which is used as the formwork for the footings; installing the footing steel reinforcement, including extension of the reinforcement into future foundation walls; and pouring and setting the concrete."

He said the construction team had stabilized and strengthened the earth below the footings by over-excavating soil under the footing locations and replacing it with either compacted on-site soils or granular (rock) fill.

"The team has also installed some of the utilities, which include the water, sanitary and electrical systems," he said. "The team is working with Columbia Gas on positioning the gas lines."

Structural steel was expected to be delivered to the site by the first week of October, Sampson said.

"The rainy weather has been a challenge, but we met recently to get ready for winter weather," he said. "Foundation work will continue, but we have to be prepared for the climate change during the winter."

Looking ahead

The city owns the land and will own the building, with the YMCA and OhioHealth paying the city under the terms of 15-year leases.

Details and payments on those leases have not yet been determined, Sampson said.

The YMCA will operate and manage the recreation center and charge membership fees to residents.

Those fees have not been finalized, said Brian Kridler, chief operating officer of YMCA of Central Ohio.

"The membership fees would be similar to our existing rates, but we won't be ironing out those details until mid-year next year," he said.

A market study, however, revealed Reynoldsburg as "a price sensitive" market, Kridler said.

"The number that tested well was in the low $60s per month for a family, and we would give a 10 percent discount to Reynoldsburg residents," he said. "We would also look at household income and determine what financial assistance would be available.

"Our plan is to start selling charter memberships three or four months out from the opening date," he said.

Reynoldsburg voters approved Issue 11 in May 2017 to increase the city's income tax from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent.

It is expected to generate $6.5 million annually to pay for the recreation center, road repairs and other infrastructure needs.

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