City Service Complex project showing signs of progress

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

"You can see the office building frame as well as the parking deck and we are doing foundations for the natatorium," says project manager Wes Kelley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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