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December 9, 2012

$35.6M project to include school renovations, community center


GOSHEN — Paying for the project

The cost of the bonds to taxpayers would be determined by home and property values. While no exact number of what the bond would cost is available, Stahly and the rest of the project’s committee members have been able to construct what would be the maximum cost, he said.

In Goshen, the median home value is $107,200, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The combined maximum cost of the bonds for a home at this value is $84.48 per year, according to Stahly’s worksheet. The bonds would be for 20 years, creating a total cost of $1,689.60 over the lifetime of the bond for this homeowner.

Is it worth it? Stahly said he thinks so.

“The whole emphasis of the project is trying to build community,” Stahly said. “Goshen is a good community. The project members are looking at what could we add that would make it a better community.”

If passed through all the stages of approval and constructed, the $27.6 million structure would include an aquatic center with a wellness and therapy pool; a recreation pool and a competition pool; a gymnasium and fitness center with an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts and rooms for aerobics and other fitness classes; and family and activity rooms with meeting spaces for clubs, small groups and community events.

Around $7 million in renovations and construction at the high school and middle school would reclaim current spaces and add on to fitness areas. Both schools’ pool areas would be converted to new spaces to help alleviate space problems in music and other programs, according to Stahly.

The project has been in the works for several years, Stahly said. According to the presentation, the idea of a community center has been a part of the Goshen Park and Recreation Department’s five-year plan for the last 10 years. In 2008, a group of community members converged on the idea, which was “reaffirmed” by a feasibility study done in 2011, according to the presentation.

The group focused on five needs of the community the center would meet, including the needs for sports and recreational activities, water physical therapy, structured fitness and wellness programs for all ages, replacement of the pools at Goshen High School and Goshen Middle School and community space for small groups and families, according to the presentation.

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