When ground was broken in January for the Chartiers Township Community Center, hopes were high that the building would be ready this year.
But even before work started, then-township manager Sam Stockton said that while the projected opening was to be in September 2013, “you never know what will happen until you open the ground.”
And what township officials and contractors found was much more rock than anticipated.
“They found a lot of rock,” said Jodi Noble, township manager. “Between rock excavation and a decision to change the kitchen to make it full service, we pushed back the opening date.”
Noble said the center will open early next year, but she has no firm completion date.
“I’d say the work is 85 percent done,” she said. “The walls are up, and the drywall is done.”
Noble said no rentals are in jeopardy.
“We purposely held off making any rentals,” Noble added. “We will have a soft opening once the building is completed and then have a grand opening later in the year.”
Noble said the center will seat more than 200 people for banquets.
The banquet area also has a sound system and conference capabilities.
There also will be an activities room and a room for the senior citizens who now meet at the township building. A facility manager has been hired for the center.
The township awarded the contract for construction of the 9,100-square-foot center in October 2012.
The center is off Pike Street near Chartiers-Houston High School. The original price was about $1.43 million, but the additional excavation work and changes to the kitchen bumped the cost up to $1.56 million.
Much of the project is being funded with two $500,000 grants coming from the local share allocation and the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.