Danville Express

Newsfront - June 15, 2007

Town officials check out Oak Hill community center

by Jordan M. Doronila

A 36-inch oak tree will rise to the sky through an octagon terrace - part of the new Oak Hill Park Community Building in Danville.

The Town Council, the Parks and Leisure Services Commission and some town staff members gathered Friday, June 8, to see the progress of the construction at Oak Hill Park, which is adjacent to Monte Vista High School. Councilwoman Karen Stepper came riding up Stone Valley Road on her blue Vespa to join the group.

Everyone expressed enthusiasm over the new community center.

"It's a place for celebration and business meetings," said Councilwoman Candace Andersen.

They followed project manager Andy Mack on a tour of the site to the background of buzzing, sawing and pounding under a clear sky.

The center will have a main lobby, a reception area, a staff office and a 1,200-square-foot combined meeting room.

"We can have multiple things going on at once at the same time," Mack said.

The center is costing the town approximately $4 million, said Mack. It is a total of 6,200 square feet and is 70 percent completed, scheduled to be finished by middle to late August.

The octagon classroom terrace overlooks the small lake, and veneer stone pillars stand outside the deck. The center will have a 1,200-square-foot ballroom, which can accommodate up to 200 people.

The center's parking lot will have 46 stalls, with handicap and compact slots at the front. This more than doubles the parking at Oak Hill.

The Town of Danville spent two years of discussing and planning the project before the Town Council approved the Oak Hill community center project in February 2006. A committee with council members Andersen and Newell Arnerich, staff members, park commissioners and experts was instrumental in making sure the center blended well with the park and hiring a local architect, Andersen said.


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