Much like many planned items this year, the Dickey-Givens Community Center located in Robinson Park has also experienced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project was initially slated to be completed by mid-summer, however, due to the current global situation the project has been pushed forward, but just slightly.

Back in January a groundbreaking ceremony for the community center’s new location took place at Fannie Robinson Park. City personnel and representatives of the community, including Mayor Brandt Rydell and city council members, were present to show their support.

City council member Gerald Anderson spoke about what having the community center meant to the people in the community of Taylor.

“When a community comes together in a place like this community center, they have an opportunity to talk to one another and to catch up on news about family, friends, and their life in general,” said Anderson. “When a community comes together, they learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses and find ways to celebrate their accomplishments. This community center will be a vital center for the community in District 1 and in the city of Taylor at large.”

For the time being the project remains on track to be completed by mid-September, so long as needed equipment arrives by the end of July.

Specific equipment including electrical circuit panels, glass storefront, and interior specialty doors have been delayed in delivery by several weeks, but city officials remain optimistic that by the fall the community center project will be complete.   

Skyler Design Build, the general contractor for the project, is advancing on items that aren’t being delayed, which include site grading and sidewalks and driveways in the next two weeks.

As completion has been slowed the project remains on budget and is expected to be completed at the authorized amount allocated.

On Nov. 14, 2019, the Taylor City Council approved HDR’s recommendation that the bid be awarded to Skyler Design Build out of Houston. The bid was awarded at a base cost of $499,981.

The architectural design plans are set to mimic the design of the community center’s original building while also incorporating some furnishings that originated from there as well. The fate of the original building itself is undecided.

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