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Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District pitches bond

A 20-year, $20 million plan
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 4, 2018 12:01AM

The street view of a proposed Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District building expansion.

Opsis Architecture

The street view of a proposed Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District building expansion.

Architect’s layout of the proposed Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District building expansion.

Opsis Architecture

Architect’s layout of the proposed Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District building expansion.

Proposed Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District building expansion as seen from west on Broadway.

Opsis Architecture

Proposed Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District building expansion as seen from west on Broadway.


SEASIDE — The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District has narrowed down options for an expansion of the pool and fitness center on Broadway Street.

The recreation district will back a 20-year, $20 million bond plan in November to add a second-floor walking track, indoor racket courts and fitness areas, and reconfigure administrative areas, classrooms and storage space, among other upgrades.

The project could start in late 2020.

Board member Jeremy Mills saw the numbers as fortuitous. “Twenty for 20 in 2020 — it’s almost a slogan,” he said. The building expansion is estimated at $11.5 million to $13.5 million, ranging from $294 to $336 per square foot, according to the project cost summary delivered by Opsis Architecture.

Demolition and site development add about $1.2 million.

Soft costs, including fixtures, equipment and program materials, raise the estimate to $16.5 million to $19.2 million. Wages, tariffs and other costs could add to the project.

As a result, the total cost could range from $18.6 million to $21.5 million.

With a 20-year payoff period and an $18 million expansion scenario, the tax impact to the owner of a $200,000 property would be about $126 per year. The impact for a $400,000 property would be about double that.

The bond will be decided in November by voters of the independent taxing district, who include most residents of the Seaside School District, excluding Cannon Beach and Gearhart.

Board members sought to keep costs at or under $20 million.

“People like round numbers,” Mills said. “People will see a clarity in that. It seems like a fit.”

Construction could start in “really late 2019 or early in 2020,” with about a year to a year and a half building period, Skyler Archibald, the district’s executive director, said.

During construction, pool facilities would continue to operate and fitness programs and classes would move to other district facilities.

“Over 70 percent of our users are there to use the pool,” Archibald said. “The reason why this program makes a lot of sense is we don’t have to eliminate or reduce any of the pool operations. We can keep operating without the majority of the patrons seeing any consequences.”

Board members will formally consider adoption of the bond proposal at a meeting July 17.

The recreation center bond is among several bond requests that will go before voters in November. Bond financing will be sought for school improvements in Warrenton and Astoria and an expanded Clatsop County Jail.





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