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Daycare group breaks ground

Posted 4/19/16 (Tue)

Daycare group breaks ground

By Cecile Wehrman
Stakes and spray paint now denote the building’s footprint, but within a few weeks, the walls of a new daycare center will be in place in Crosby.
Members of the Crosby Kids Daycare Center board, representatives from local banks, economic development officials and contractors participated Tuesday last week in a ceremonial shovel-turning to mark the start of construction on the new center.
“We’re anticipating about a 6-month build out for it,” said Raymond Mellendez, a representative of Ventana Design & Development of Williston, but the walls of the building will be up much sooner.
“You’re going to see the metal structure go up within about 45 to 60 days,” with the rest of the construction time needed for inside finish work.
Ventana is the project manager and Shadow Mountain Construction is the contractor.
Mellendez said it’s been fun working with the Crosby group.
“I’ve never met a group of ladies like this,” he laughed. “We’ve got huggers, not yellers -- yet. We’ve been impressed to work with them.”
“You’re probably going to have criers at some point,” joked Traci Lund, daycare board member.
She gave credit at the ceremony to the other people surrounding her with shovels.
“Without the economic development council, the banks, anybody who has donated a hand, a thought, a dollar, we are so fortunate,” she said.
The City of Crosby alone has pledged $400,000 to the $1.2 million project.
Lund said a meeting with Ventana following the groundbreaking included choosing some interior design elements, such as picking out the color for cabinets.
“We’ve had just a great time working with him. We’re trying to keep the right mindset, but we’re also extremely excited,”
said Lund.
Seeing the physical outline of the building is gratifying.
“They sprayed so you can see the physical building on the ground, so that’s really cool to see,” she said.
Lund said bids will be called for on items like plumbing, electrical and finishing work and she hopes some local contractors will be interested in working on the project.