Thanks, in part, to good weather conditions, two projects in Chillicothe are moving ahead nicely. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to City Administrator Ike Holland:
Holland said crews at the Chilli Bay water park have been taking advantage of the nice weather. “We have about 95 percent of the demolition done,” said Holland,” We have the buildings gutted. They will, of course, remain. We’re going to renovate both the chemical building and the bath house. We’ve already done a lot of the landscaping with the new parking lot expansion. We also have a lot of the cement poured for the lazy river and the retaining wall is done.”
Moving just a bit north, Holland said the plan is to have the new hospital facility closed-in prior to winter weather so that work can continue through those months. “We have the steel beams in and a lot of the footings and slab,” said Holland,” We’re working on the landscaping plan right now with the architects and J.E. Dunn. We’re also working on some signage issues. We’re trying to shoot to have it covered up and start doing some of the inside work at the first of the year.”
Holland said the plan for the new facility continues to be a “living document”. “There still could be changes and it’s not set in stone,” said Holland,” You know, the best plans still sometimes get changed. The landscaping, some of the accesses, the lighting, security issues and all of that we are still tweaking to make certain we have the best plan possible.”
The water park is expected to be completed by the first of May and the hospital is scheduled to open in January of 2014.