The new Boulder Junction community center and library building is just about finished.
Town Supervisor Dennis Reuss, also a member of the building committee, gave an update at Tuesday’s meeting of the Boulder Junction board.
Reuss owns a construction company himself and has been the primary liaison between the town, the project’s primary contractor, Trade Well Construction of Antigo, as well as Trade Well’s project subcontractors.
“Our new community center is, believe it or not, nearing completion,” he said. “I get very nervous toward the end because there’s lots of odds and ends that have to be done and little things to tweak but we’re on schedule.”
Reuss said a final “walk-through” inspection is tentatively set for the week of Dec. 16.
“We’re going to confirm that by the end of the week,” he said. “We’re at the point where it’s final connections, final stages, final trim and we’re putting this all together and we’re ready to have our final walk-through which to me is a major accomplishment.”
Town electors voted in October 2012 to build a community center and library at a cost not to exceed $2.3 million.
The total amount, with the Trade Well bid, ended up at around $2.1 million for a new building that would measure roughly 14,000 square feet.
A fundraising effort has led to nearly $380,000 toward the reduction of the $2.1 million.
“We’re very anxious to turn it [the building] over to the public,” Reuss said.
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