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Contract awarded for Brawley teen center

June 27, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The proposed teen center for underserved and at-risk young people should be up and running in this city by February 2003.

Karin Morgan, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, said the contract for the construction of the center has been awarded to Tenant Space Inc., which has offices in El Centro and Brawley.

The contract totaling about $836,000 calls for building a 5,000 square-foot facility between the Lions Center gymnasium and the city public swimming pool.


The contract includes renovations for the Lions Center gym, including the upgrading of entrances and windows, the repairing of lights and the building of a new ceiling, one that will cover exposed piping over the gym.

Morgan said the teen center project and renovations of the gym are the result of a partnership between the city and the Boys and Girls Club that enabled both to share in a $575,000 grant from the California Youth Authority. Other funds will come from city development impact fees and state Community Development Block Grants.

The teen center, which will be owned by the city and run by the Boys and Girls Club, will include a recreational area, a kitchen, a computer lab, a weight-lifting section and a small recording area.

The center is geared toward those ages 14 to 22. Morgan said that is a group that is typically underserved by other recreational services, making the teen center an important addition for the community.

The total cost of the project is about $985,000, including construction and engineering and bringing power to the facility. The city will set aside about $100,000 in contingency funds to cover costs of any possible changes in the project.

Morgan said construction is set to start Aug. 1 and should take about 180 days.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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