Kroc center stays on schedule

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Augusta's Salvation Army Kroc Center is 85 percent complete and on schedule for its Aug. 6 opening, according to officials who launched the inaugural sale of memberships Monday.

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Workers paint the rotunda at the main entrance to the Salvation Army's Kroc Center, which will be dedicated in mid-July.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Workers paint the rotunda at the main entrance to the Salvation Army's Kroc Center, which will be dedicated in mid-July.

"Right now they're working on ceiling tiles and paint," said Derek Dugan, the center's communications director. "They're also making progress on the amphitheater and the boat dock on the canal."

Once completed, the 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" in a separate building nearby that will include space for social service organizations. Other amenities include a 25-person orchestra pit, birthday party rooms, locker rooms and family "cabana" dressing rooms.

Dugan said membership sales are being handled from the office at 113 Eve St. in one of the houses near the main Kroc Center building and online at krocaugusta.org.

Different rates are available for youths, adults and seniors. There is also special pricing for individuals and families, in addition to standard and Gold Card options.. All members will have access to all of the amenities and priority access and special member pricing to programs and events.

Gold Card members will pay additional fees each month to help support the scholarship program. They will be entitled to a 10 percent discount on merchandise, facility rentals and classes, and will receive advance notice of performances and classes, among other benefits.

The $100 million project along Broad Street will be dedicated during a series of events July 15-17.

Kroc Center membership options

Categories of memberships, and their prices, will include:

- Youths 17 and younger: $15 a month or $162 a year; $20 a month or $216 a year for a Gold Card package

- Adults 18-61: $30 a month or $324 a year; $45 a month or $486 a year for a Gold Card package

- Family (up to six people): $50 a month or $540 a year; $65 a month or $702 a year for a Gold Card package

- Senior individual 62 and older: $25 a month or $270 a year; $31 a month or $334 a year for a Gold Card package

- Senior family (62 and older): $35 a month or $378 a year; $48 a month or $518 a year for a Gold Card package

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Cadence
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Cadence 04/12/11 - 01:27 pm
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They have done a great job of

They have done a great job of planning and implementing this Center. From the initial planning stage to fundraising to construction, Derek and all of his colleagues have done a stellar job. I have mixed feelings about the Center as I have said, but no one can fault the individuals who accomplished this. It must have been a huge effort.

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razordog 04/12/11 - 03:05 pm
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Since all of this money is

Since all of this money is being spent on the "Crack" Center, I sure hope the city will spend a few extra dollars and pave that area of Broad Street in front of it. (I think it's Broad between Eve Street and Crawford Avenue).

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countyman 04/12/11 - 04:02 pm
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You obviously don't know much

You obviously don't know much about the details concerning Kroc Center.. $68 million of the $100 million Kroc Center was a gift from Joan Kroc to the city of Augusta.. The rest of the money raised to build the $100 million development came from private donations..

Augusta and countless other cities had to apply in order to qualify.. The city had to be able to raise another $20 million and have a specific location who met all the criteria.. Harrisburg is the only neighborhood in Augusta who met every single criteria needed.. Highly visible, mixed demographics, a lower income area of a neghborhood surrounded by higher income areas, etc...

The Kroc Center features a custom water slide, aquatic center, 5 acre park, performing arts theatre, gym, etc... The First Stop Center, First Stop Village, Eve street Row, and Broad Mill Village are new developments included around the Kroc Center...

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countyman 04/12/11 - 03:59 pm
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double post

double post

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 04/12/11 - 05:52 pm
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Great post County. I'm still

Great post County. I'm still amazed at the amount of misinformation concerning the Kroc Center. Razor..I have no doubt the street will be re-paved.That will probably be the only money spent by the city concerning the center. But Augusta, and Harrisburg in particular, stands to gain so very much from this facility.
I've already bought my membership and look forward to enjoying this incredible place.

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ECDanes 04/13/11 - 01:25 pm
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Though I likely won't use The

Though I likely won't use The Kroc Center (because it is too far away), I have no mixed feelings about it. I think it is a positive thing 100%. I may have an issue if it were built with tax dollars but it wasn't. It is 100% financed through donations. It can only be an improvement for that area. I remember driving down that section of Broad Street and it was pretty nasty looking. This center will be a nice attractive focal point for the neighborhood

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