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City Service Complex project showing signs of progress

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

If you've driven down Macon Road lately then you've probablynotice the new City Service Center & Natatorium start to take shape.

"You can see the office building frame as well as the parkingdeck and we are doing foundations for the natatorium," says project managerWes Kelley.  

The $32.5 million project is expected to be finished in May of nextyear. The time cannot come soon enough for aquatic fanatics like Chad Day whoworks at Columbus State's new swimming facility.

Day says the new swimming pools at CSU's new state-of-the-artStudent Rec Center brings in hundreds of students daily. 

"The pool has been a huge benefit to the students becausemost of our students come from a limited swimming background and we offer freeswim lessons to all students. We also offer swim lessons for academic course soour pools stay pretty full throughout the day," Day said. 

The Natatorium will have 8 lanes for Olympic style swimming. Thenew pools and the City Service center is all funded by the 1999 special purposelocal option sales tax, the 2008 local option sales tax and bond proceeds fromthe city. 

Site project manager Kelley says they are hoping construction willcontinue to be smooth sailing from this point forward. 

"It's been really nice the weather has cooperated as ofrecently and we've got some good dirt work out here," Kelley said

Steel beams of the City Service Center have now been put in placeand ground work for the natatorium has also begun. But still it will be a yearbefore it is ready for everyone to  use and people like Chad Day and otheravid swimmers will have to continue using the pool at CSU for now. 

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