Yakima city staff estimate that repairs to the Henry Beauchamp Community Center will cost at least $60,157, and some efforts are already underway.
During a November City Council meeting, three community members spoke out about the importance of the community center to residents and the need for repairs. One of those speakers was James Parks, the president of the Henry Beauchamp Community Center Advisory Board.
Parks said the center needs a new kitchen floor, parking lot paving, a fire alarm upgrade and repairs to a “hole” in a planter wall caused by a careless driver.
In a memo, Public Works Director Scott Schafer said the city has plans to address all the concerns, either through the city’s five-year capital plan or measures already in the works.
Schafer said repairs to the center’s kitchen floor and fire alarm panel are in the city’s five-year capital plan, with estimated costs at $12,000 and $40,000, respectively. He noted that city staff decided to hold off on immediate repairs to the kitchen floor after a walk-through with center staff earlier this year indicated concerns about the kitchen’s size and layout.
An annual inspection by Mansfield Alarm found the fire alarm system works, though it didn’t provide a location when activated. The city has reached out to Inland Alarm for a proposal, and Schafer estimated an upgrade will cost $40,000.
Schafer said the center’s parking lot is in “good shape.” He added the city’s streets and sign crews plan to reseal and restripe the pavement in the spring.
As for the hole in the wall, the city has contracted with Poppoff Construction, a Moxee-based company, to replace about 12 feet of the northern planter wall, with an estimated cost of $5,657 to be covered by risk management funds, Schafer said in the memo.
The city’s game plan for community center repairs is on the agenda for the Yakima City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 129 N. Second St. Time has been set aside for public comment.