Schererville community center could open next month

2013-04-08T17:20:00Z 2013-04-08T22:32:14Z Schererville community center could open next monthChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | The community center in Scherwood Park is nearing completion, Schererville officials said.

Town Council President Rob Guetzloff estimates the building will be open by the end of May.

"Things are moving along," Guetzloff said of the construction, which began in August last year.

Schererville Parks Superintendent John Novacich said an exact opening date hasn't been established, but he also thinks the project is "progressing pretty good."

Novacich said utilities became available at the building last month. Concrete was poured last week for the entrance to the center, he said.

The building will serve as the Parks and Recreation Department office, and it will provide a site for parks programming.

Guetzloff said the parks department has rented space for some existing programs.

Additional parks programming is expected after the center opens. Guetzloff said Novacich is establishing new programs, which will create revenue to fund the center's operating costs.

In July last year, the Town Council awarded a $1.9 million contract to Berglund Construction to build the facility.

Guetzloff said the project is more than $200,000 under budget. He said a park bond will not be issued to cover construction costs, so taxpayers will not be impacted by the project.

Instead of a bond, the town is using tax increment financing district dollars to fund the work, Guetzloff said.

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