When the Camdenton Board of Aldermen meet again on Jan. 17, city staff are expected to recommend the approval of a contract for the demolition of the old Glenn Block building at the site of the new community center.

When the Camdenton Board of Aldermen meet again on Jan. 17, city staff are expected to recommend the approval of a contract for the demolition of the old Glenn Block building at the site of the new community center. 

The City of Camdenton announced in December 2015 a contract with Sanvid Investments for the purchase of approximately 3.1 acres of property to be used for the construction of a future community center. 

The current owner of the old bowling alley, Zodiac Lanes, on Business Route 5 has demolished the other structure on the site as per an agreement with the City of Camdenton. The total cost of the purchase and demolition was $290,000. 

The Glenn Block building was not included in that contract and the city bid out the demolition separately, receiving bids on Dec. 20, 2016 for the project. Before the project could be bid out, the city had to undergo asbestos testing on the building which came back as less than dangerous levels, but nonetheless delayed the sale of the property and further construction. The city moved forward with the bid process in the first week of December 2016. 

There is also a small maintenance shed at the site that the city intends to use for storage of equipment and maintenance purposes. Once the demo is completed, the city will begin the task of figuring out what is wanted and needed in a community center.

The community center was actively discussed and planned prior to 2008 with a Community Center Committee appointed at the time to develop plans. Since that time, the Camdenton Board of Aldermen has set aside approximately $140,000 to $200,000 annually for the construction and overall project. The city now has approximately $1.6 million set aside for the project.

The firm RDG Planning and Design who worked on the update of the city's comprehensive plan noted that the site is ideal for not only the construction of the community center but also as a foundation for future development of the North Business 5 corridor. 

Survey information gathered by RDG through Destination Camdenton noted interest from residents, among other items, that the new community center include meeting rooms, walking/running tracks and other recreational activities. 

In December 2015, city staff also discussed the possibility of appointing a new Community Center Advisory Committee, but no members had been appointed by the end of 2016.