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ORANGE : Plans to Proceed for 2 Gymnasiums

The city will move ahead with a plan to build gymnasiums in two city parks simultaneously, following a report showing that simultaneous construction is more cost-effective than building the gyms one at a time.

Despite an expected $3.7-million revenue shortfall this year, City Council members agreed that the $4.5 million needed for the two 18,600-square-foot gymnasiums should be a budget priority. The city currently is $1 million short of funds for the project, but Councilman William G. Steiner urged the council not to sacrifice either facility.

“The need in the community is very, very significant,” Steiner said, “and I know the expectation is that we will have these gymnasiums built.”

Consultant John Bates told council members that simultaneous construction would save the city $300,000 in design and construction fees.

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The floor plans of the two gyms will be nearly identical and will include a gymnasium floor and bleachers, a multipurpose room for classes and meetings, a small kitchen area, restrooms, lockers and showers, and equipment storage and office space.


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