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Daycare structure rises

Posted 8/02/16 (Tue)

Daycare structure rises

By Carrie Sandstrom
The structure of the new Crosby Kids Daycare facility rapidly emerged from flat ground last week, in the lot where the old bowling alley once stood.
The daycare committee purchased a pre-cast 72,000 square foot steel building which cost approximately $1.1 million. 
The new, larger facility will be able to serve 90 children, as opposed to the current facility’s 30-40. 
According to Traci Lund, who serves on the new daycare committee, the outside frames and steel walls should be up within a week or two, creating the exterior of the building, something Lund said seems “just amazing and insane at the same time.”
“It’s going to look like our building is done long before a building is done,” Lund said. “So, it’s exciting to see.”
Once work on the outside frame of the building is completed, work on the interior and the rest of the building will begin. The new building will include air conditioning, something the current facility doesn’t have, and potentially, safety features such as security cameras.
Prior to beginning the process of putting up the new facility’s walls, the committee had to get approval to tear down the old bowling alley that once stood on the lot. 
They started the process in April, which included inspections for asbestos. Once the old building was removed, work began leveling and preparing the ground to place a new building on it. New plumbing was also done before building started.
“There was a lot in the beginning,” Lund said.
Lund said she and the other members of the seven- person committee working on the new facility are continuing to apply for grants to help cover the costs of the project. 
Right now, she said, they’re still about $250,000 short of the $1.1 million needed to fully pay for the facility. In addition to receiving $400,000 from the city to help get the project off the ground, Lund said the group has applied for more than 25 grants, although she admits some of them have been “total longshots.”
“Everything costs money,” Lund said. “We just badly want it all to be paid for when we get the keys.”
According to Lund, the cost of the building includes things like appliances and the kitchen and bathrooms, but things like furniture and other features are additional costs. 
New playground equipment alone will cost $40,000. Updates on upcoming fundraisers for the new daycare facility will be posted to the building’s Facebook page, “Crosby Kids Daycare Building.”
Lund said they are hoping the new facility will be completed by the end of 2016.
“It’s going to be such a big thing for the community,” Lund said. “I’m really excited to see how it goes over.”