Recent developments have increased the likelihood that the previously-proposed Dodge City Community College Activities Center will be built.
In August, the DC3 Foundation Board and the DC3 Board of Trustees met to discuss plans for the activities center. Both boards voted in favor of moving forward with the project, according to Roger Proffitt, the director of the foundation.
The foundation has already hired a construction-manager at-risk to finalize building plans and prepare final estimates about the costs of the activities center, Proffitt said.
The project is expected to cost $8 million and will be financed with industrial revenue bonds, a $491,000 grant from FEMA, donations from businesses and individuals, and revenue from naming rights opportunities, the foundation director said.
To date, $900,000 has been raised or pledged for the project from a variety of sources, Proffitt said.
According to Proffitt, the college will not increase its annual mill levy in order to provide funding for the activities center, which means property owners don't have to worry about a heavier tax burden.
Preliminary building designs and cost estimates must be delivered to FEMA before the first day of November, Proffitt said.
The FEMA grant also requires that the activities center be built within two-and-a-half-years, he said.
Under the current proposal, the activities center will be housed in a monolithic dome-structure on the northeast side of the college campus. It will have space for a basketball court, a soccer field, a walking track, a wellness center, study and computer areas, community rooms, and a community events center, according to the 2013 Dodge City Community College President’s Report.
The activities center would also serve as a place of refuge for local citizens prior to and during weather events, such as tornados, and as a staging area for disaster response efforts, according to Proffitt and the 2013 President’s Report.
“The center will be a place that students and members of the community can utilize,” Proffitt said. “The activities center will be more than an athletics complex.”
Proffitt believes the activities center will be built, but changes to the plans could be made if the actual building costs are not in-line with the estimates.
“We are sure that it [the building of the center] is going to happen,” Proffitt said, “but, we may have to cut some things out of the plans.”