The Largo City Commission gave the go ahead April 17th for the building of the proposed new 40,000 square-foot Highland Recreation Complex.
The building construction will begin on May 2. The new building should be complete by May 8, 2013, according to the city.
The new building will be built to the west of the current aquatics complex. The new complex will have entrances off of Highland and Lake Avenues. The current complex will remain open during construction.
The commission also approved the funding for demolishing the old recreation buildings once the new center is complete. The whole project has an estimated completion date of August 30, 2013.
The $17 million project has had some design changes to keep the project within budget. Major changes include relocating the party rooms from the second floor to the first floor. A second floor deck overlooking the aquatics center has been eliminated. Plus, the building's roof has been modified because of these design changes.
The new recreation complex will be funded mostly through Penny for Pinellas monies. Although the city has borrowed the money for construction, the funds will be repaid by 2019 through Penny for Pinellas, said Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert.