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Posted on Nov 12, 2015

Renovations to community center may cost $3 million

It may take up to $3.1 million to renovate the former Quincy Community Center into a state-of-the-art business and conference center.
The Port of Quincy recently received a projected budget with cost estimates for the community project, which combines the former center with the former Heartland Pharmacy building. The port purchased the vacated pharmacy in June.
The new building, called the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center, includes the construction of a main entrance between the two buildings, creating nearly 15,500 square feet of space for the new facility.
The estimated costs, as projected by McKinstry Co., include renovation costs to both buildings, inside and out, as well as equipment costs to create a conference center. Proposed plans also call for relocating the port’s main office to a portion of the former Heartland building.
While the $3.1 million cost estimate may come down some, that budget is “reasonably close” to the final numbers, Commissioner Curt Morris said.
The port now will use the cost projections, along with the project’s designs, to create a grant application package that will be used to apply for state and federal monies. Morris is hoping the port can fund nearly the entire project through grants.
“We’re going to need some help from somewhere,” he said.
Construction on the project is not expected to begin until at least 2017.
Meanwhile, port commissioners on Monday allocated $5,000 for equipment that can be used to get the Heartland building in shape to hold business meetings. Some businesses in the area already have expressed an interest in meeting there, said Nick Parker, business development coordinator for the port.
In other news, the port will have a hearing on its 2016 budget on Nov. 25. The port is proposing a $1.46 million budget, which is slightly over the 2015 budget of $1.39 million.
The 2016 proposed budget shows the port expects to receive about $708,000 in property tax revenues next year.
The preliminary budget also shows the port hopes to make about $1.2 million next year from the anticipated sale of property at its industrial park in George. The port is working with a couple of buyers, including Auvil Fruit Co. and Ancient Lakes Winery, which already operates at the site.
However, the port anticipates about half of that money then may be spent on infrastructure at the industrial park.
The 2016 budget projects a net cash flow of about $66,000.
The port also is budgeting for a $100,000 loss next year at Colockum Ridge Golf Course, which is similar to what the port expects to lose this year, Morris said.
The port purchased the struggling golf course seven years ago because it viewed the facility as an asset to the Quincy Valley community. It has not made a profit in that time; however, the commissioners have repeatedly said they want to see the golf course remain a recreation resource for the Quincy Valley.
Rates will be raised at the golf course with the start of the new year to keep up with a $15,000 increase in irrigation costs. At this time, it costs $15 to golf nine holes at the local golf course from Tuesday through Friday. Fees are $20 for nine holes on a weekend or holiday. Those fees include sales tax.
To make up for the rising irrigation costs, golfers now will be charged sales tax on top of the fees.
The port also is entering into a purchase and sales agreement with Gregg Marrs of Blueline Manufacturing. The port is selling about 4 acres at its George industrial park to the Kubota equipment dealership for $110,500. Marrs now operates from Frontage Road in George.
And a Tacoma business is interested in 3 to 4 acres of port property to relocate its manufacturing company, Morris told commissioners.
Raceway Technology & Manufacturing, in business more than 30 years, manufactures underground, power, communication, fiber optic and utility products, including PVC and fiberglass sweeps and elbows, according to its website.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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