The City of Oak Ridge will hold ceremonial groundbreakings on Monday, January 14, to celebrate the start of two major projects: the new Oak Ridge Preschool with Scarboro Park improvements and the new Oak Ridge Senior Center. Construction activity is already under way at both locations.
Studio Four Design Inc. of Knoxville was chosen to design the both the Preschool and the Senior Center. At a special meeting on October 11, Oak Ridge City Council unanimously approved resolutions awarding construction contracts to Jenkins and Stiles LLC.
The new preschool will be a single-story facility of about 33,000 square feet located on Carver Avenue. The build site is inside Scarboro Park, a roughly 10-acre parcel. The project includes improvements to the adjacent park area such as lighted basketball/tennis courts, a baseball field, a public pavilion, green space, and a walking trail.
The current senior center is temporarily operating out of the Oak Ridge Civic Center’s Recreation Building. The new senior center will be built next door, just to the west of the Recreation Center. The single-story, roughly 11,000-square-foot facility will overlook part of Alvin K. Bissell Park. Plans include a large kitchen, craft and exercise rooms, billiards parlor, lounge, and other common space.
Preschool and Scarboro Park Improvements Groundbreaking
- WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, January 14
- WHERE: Preschool construction site at Scarboro Park on Carver Avenue
- PARKING: Scarboro Community Center
Senior Center Groundbreaking
- WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 14
- WHERE: Senior Center construction site west of Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike
- PARKING: Civic Center, far end of parking lot (closest to the Friendship Bell)
Members of Oak Ridge City Council, the Oak Ridge Board of Education, and the Senior Advisory Board are expected to attend the groundbreakings, along with city staff, Oak Ridge Schools representatives, project leaders, and other special guests.
There is about six minutes of travel time between the two construction locations.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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