Nearly 4 months in, construction on Harrisburg's Kroc Center on target for 2011 opening

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Three months and three weeks after ground was broken for Augusta's $100 million Salvation Army Kroc Center, the project is 20 percent complete and slightly ahead of schedule.

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Mayor Deke Copenhaver and assistant Karyn Nixon tour the Salvation Army Kroc Center's construction site. Work is slightly ahead of schedule despite adding a 25-person orchestra pit and related facilities to the design of the performing arts hall.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Mayor Deke Copenhaver and assistant Karyn Nixon tour the Salvation Army Kroc Center's construction site. Work is slightly ahead of schedule despite adding a 25-person orchestra pit and related facilities to the design of the performing arts hall.

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"It's moved fast, and we've had no rain days at all," said Derek Dugan, the center's community relations director.

With a projected opening in June 2011, workers expect to finish masonry walls for the pool and fitness center this week. Work on the roof and exterior brick walls should start sometime in June.

"See those two big holes? That's where the water slide will go through -- and in," Dugan said during a tour of the construction site Tuesday. "And out in front, this will all open up to a sun deck facing Broad Street."

The 17-acre, 100,000-square-foot project will include an aquatics center, performing arts hall, gymnasium, amphitheater and many other amenities, in addition to a "first stop center" that will include space for social service organizations.

Construction so far has brought relatively few surprises, Dugan said.

"We did find a sewer line that was not shown on any of the city maps, so we had to work around it," he said.

One significant change in the design was the addition of a 25-person orchestra pit and related support facilities to the performing arts hall.

"In communicating with the arts groups, they believed that was essential to the long-term success of rental of the facility for performances," Dugan said.

In addition to site work and masonry walls, many of the houses acquired for the project have been renovated and are being used as offices and training facilities.

R.W. Allen, the contractor on the project, has about 60 workers at the site now. Once opened, the Kroc Center will employ an estimated 102.

The total investment, including a permanent operating endowment, will be almost $100 million.

The Ray & Joan Kroc estate is providing a total gift of $67.8 million.

Kroc components

- Total of 100,000 square feet on 17 acres

- Main Core Community Center, 75,000 square feet

- First Stop Center, 10,000 square feet

- First Stop Village (seven renovated houses)

- Eve Street Row (five renovated houses)

- Sibley Chapel

- Five-acre park on Augusta Canal

- Amphitheater

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KNECKBONE
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KNECKBONE 05/26/10 - 06:03 am
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OK THATS A LOAD OF KROC. HA

OK THATS A LOAD OF KROC. HA HA .SORRY BOUT THAT .102 JOBS THAT'S GREAT .GOOD PAYING JOBS TOO.WAY TO GO.

sojourner
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sojourner 05/26/10 - 08:21 am
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Somebody get Deke a shorter

Somebody get Deke a shorter tie...

countyman
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countyman 05/26/10 - 08:44 am
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This is a huge investment for

This is a huge investment for the Harrisburg neighborhood. Kroc Centers increase the property values everywhere their built..

You have the renovation of Sibley Mill, Broad Mill Village(six mill houses), and Martha Lester School(commercial/residential) all going on in the same area...

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/26/10 - 12:46 pm
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countyman I have a pool going

countyman I have a pool going on which week in 2011 the first shooting/stabbing takes place at the Kroc Center. What week do you want?

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countyman 05/26/10 - 01:17 pm
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I seriously doubt that... How

I seriously doubt that... How many shootings/stabbings have taken place at the YMCA on Wheeler road?? Or at the Health Central on Broad Street?? Exactly zero is the answer...

And why are you always so negative? I don't see any posters on here from Richmond county, who love to be negative about Columbia county daily. Similar to the way you're always negative against Richmond county.

Cities have shootings all the time across the country... Every county in the metro area has had a shooting this year. Richmond, Columbia, Aiken, Burke, and Edgefield. Augusta's violent crime is lower than most comparable size cities..

Indigo
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Indigo 05/26/10 - 03:47 pm
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Seems whenever you see Deke,

Seems whenever you see Deke, Miz Nix isnt too far in the shadows........

jb1234
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jb1234 05/26/10 - 03:56 pm
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Indigo, she is his assistant

Indigo, she is his assistant isn't she? Sooo...what's the problem?

Indigo
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Indigo 05/26/10 - 10:12 pm
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You are right, she is an

You are right, she is an ASSISTANT......she isnt Mayor pro tem. She was at a ribbon cutting for our company and practically pushed everyone out of the way so SHE could be front and center.

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