CHERRYLAND -- An update on plans to build the Cherryland Community Center will be presented Thursday, a year and a half since the last community meeting was held.
The update session on the $17 million Alameda County project will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Eden United Church of Christ, at 21455 Birch St. in Hayward.
Suggestions made at the September 2011 community meeting will be reviewed, and the expected timeline for the project will be provided.
The building's $1 million design will be paid for with leftover county redevelopment funds and the remaining $16 million for construction will be paid with other county funds, a decision approved by the Alameda County supervisors in June 2012. Noll & Tam Architects of Berkeley are contracted for the center's design and the general contractor job will be put out to bid at a later date, county officials said.
Operation of the center will be provided and paid for by the public Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
John Gouveia, general manager of the district, said increased property values seen last year are expected to continue to rise, which will help fund the center's operations. Priorities for services to be provided at the Cherryland center will be considered in light of the services soon to be provided at the REACH Ashland Youth Center, which is opening in May a mile-and-a-half away, he said.
Acquired by the county's now defunct redevelopment agency, the Cherryland property located near the corner of Boston Road and Hampton Road is one of 12 parcels owned by the county's temporary redevelopment successor agency for which the county expects to retain ownership, officials said.
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