Architect chosen for new center in Talent

TALENT — Ogden Roemer Wilkerson Architecture of Medford has been selected as architect for the city's new $1.5 million, 4,500-square-foot community center.

Its winning bid of under $74,000 included a preliminary design.

A federal Housing and Urban Development grant was awarded to the city last year for construction of the center, which will be located north of City Hall.

Ogden Roemer Wilkerson was the low bidder and the only local firm to submit a proposal, said City Manager Tom Corrigan. The firm designed Central Point's community center, The Grove in Ashland and YMCAs in Grants Pass and Ashland.

Corrigan said the city anticipates the building will be ready to use by next year's Harvest Festival, which is the first weekend of October. Preparation of an environmental impact statement and other steps required are already under way.

When finished, the building will take food programs, table tennis, church services, social events and other activities out of the current Community Center, the former schoolhouse building that dates from 1899 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The city must pay about $73,000 for permits and system development fees, but the grant will cover the cost of construction.

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