Gonzales Community Center Complex
An aerial view from Fifth Street of the proposed Community Center Complex in Gonzales. (Contributed)

GONZALES — City of Gonzales has announced that on Feb. 28 the design/build team of Otto Construction/WRNS Studio submitted 100% construction documents for the Dennis and Janice Caprara Community Center Complex to the city for building code review by its building official.

This completes the eight-month design phase.

“Completion of the design phase represents a major milestone in the city’s efforts to construct the Community Center Complex,” said City Manager Carmen Gil.

The community center will be constructed on a city-owned parcel, and the entire complex will be about 13,314 square feet. Due to grant funding deadlines, construction of the complex will be phased.

Phase 1 is the Teen Innovation Center, County Library, meeting rooms, restrooms, courtyard including amphitheater and site improvements (new driveway, wet/dry utilities, parking lot and landscaping).

Phase 2 is the Community Center, including the Community Hall, Fitness Center, commercial kitchen, meeting rooms and restrooms.

The estimated budget for the entire project is $34.8 million.

Currently, the city has the funds to build Phase 1, which is estimated to cost $21 million.

Construction of this significant civic project will be funded by a variety of sources, including Measure X tax funds, County monies, state funding and several grants. The city is also engaged in a $10 million capital campaign, and has raised nearly $6.6 million.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the project site at Fifth Street and Gabilan Court, just east of Fairview Middle School.

For more information about the community center and capital campaign, or to donate, visit cfmco.org/GonzalesCommunityCenter. To watch a fly-through video of the design, go to tinyurl.com/59xfkchd.

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