Posted 4/05/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Crosby Kids Daycare building project will reach another milestone next week with a ground-breaking celebration.
Representatives of the daycare project committee, the Divide County Economic Development Council, local banks and others will join for a ceremonial “shovel turning” at 4 p.m. Tuesday next week.
Workers may be arriving this week to begin staking the site. Construction is expected to begin later this month on the 8,600-square-foot building, which will have nearly double the capacity of the current facility.
The new daycare building will occupy the property of the former Crosby Lanes bowling alley, the demolition of which took place in February.
Committee member Traci Lund said she has been anxious for construction to begin ever since, especially as temperatures have often been warmer than average.
“We were so excited after the building came down, we were biting at the bit, like, ‘It’s sunny outside -- build that baby!’” Lund said.
The staff and kids could be moving into the new building as soon as October if the project stays on schedule.
“It’s a steel building, so it will go up quickly,” Lund said. “Then it’s just interior work.”
A meeting with the contractor immediately after the shovel turning will provide an update on the project’s timeline; the public is welcome to attend both.
Lund said she and the rest of the committee will be breathing a sigh of relief once construction has begun and the project is fully in the hands of the contractor.
“When we had to hire someone for asbestos testing on the bowling alley, for example, nobody on the board has ever done that,” she said. “I’ll be glad to pass that baton. I’ll still write grants, though.”
The fundraising group’s next effort will be a mailer campaign beginning within the next few weeks.