Jonesborough city leaders are moving forward with the multi-million dollar senior center project as they search for a new primary contractor.
Sunday Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to break ties with Rainey Contracting Co., the lead construction company on the job.
The new senior center has been in the works for almost 3 years. Now, city leaders say they are trying to find ways to keep the project on track.
“We can see a completion date in sight and that certainly puts a little bit more spring in your step to continue to push and push and push,” said Jonesborough’s Operations Manager Craig Ford.
“The town was responsible for finishing the downstairs of the senior center so we began that process last week with our prison crew from Northeast Correctional Facility.”
Ford said subcontractors are also continuing their work on the buildings HVAC system, landscaping, among other things.
Ford said the $3 million project is quite an undertaking for a town of Jonesborough’s size. But Ford said their focus is on keeping their promise to the seniors in the community.
“Certainly for the seniors who have driven by here for the last 2, 2 1/2 years and felt like that it wasn’t progressing as it should. So it’s as important for us as it is for the seniors and the community,” said Ford.
The most recent projected completion date was October of this year.
City leaders told News Channel 11, they will try to stick to that timeline but they are hopeful that the new senior center will at least be finished by the end of the year.
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