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Machine Works building set for March demolition


Walls to come tumblin down soon

The building initially slated to become the city’s new $4 million community center is scheduled for demolition the second week of March.

During the week of March 11, the former Machine Works building will come down over a five-day period, according to Tom Pessemier, the city’s assistant city manager.

The structure, which contains ‘tilt-up walls,” will most likely be broken into pieces and removed, he said.

“That’s a process that’s going to take some time and effort,” said Pessemier.

Demolition estimates show a cost of as much as $36,000 to take down the structure, city officials have said.

At the same time, plans are underway to begin schematic design for a new community center.

Murray Jenkins, an architect with Ankrom Moisan, told Sherwood City Council members on Feb. 19 that such a design could take four to five weeks to complete. If all goes as planned, construction could begin in early December. However, if more extensive meetings with a design committee are included, that could be bumped to mid-January 2014.

Jenkins said once the community center is under construction, it will take anywhere from 10 to 12 months to complete.

Cost of the entire project, which includes building costs, the purchase of the building’s adjacent parking lot and other expenditures, will total $7 million.