Community Center Steering Committee to present updated plan to county board Tuesday

The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee met on May 7, 2012 and discussed a potential layout for a community center attached to the west wing of Cook County High School.  The preliminary design proposes remodeling and adding onto the existing building at an estimated cost of $8,350,000.
Outdoor and other amenities totaling $990,000 were also discussed, bringing the total project cost to $9,340,000, which is $340,000 over the amount authorized by the county board.  Among other things such as ball fields and a lighted outdoor ice rink, the preliminary plan includes upgrades to two tennis courts and remodeling of the existing Community Center to include warming house amenities.
At the Tuesday, May 8 county board meeting, Commissioner Sue Hakes said the steering committee would be asking the county board to raise the project cost cap to $9,500,000.
Consultant Tom Wacholz of ORB Management later contacted the News-Herald and said, “…If the board authorizes moving forward with the project there will be additional public comment opportunities as the design process moves along.”  He said a more updated plan and budget would be presented to the board on May 15.