A planned $2.46 million pavilion for Pack Square Park will be built, the board overseeing the park’s construction decided Wednesday, but construction won’t start until later this year.
Last month, the Pack Square Conservancy board expressed concern about securing funding for the building, as well as concern over delays in finalizing a contract for construction. The board expected construction to begin on the pavilion last year, about the time it awarded a $7.5 million construction contract on the rest of the park.
During the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, though, board members approved a motion that rescheduled the launch of pavilion construction for late 2009 or early 2010. “Under this plan, construction on the pavilion would begin as work in other areas of the park draws to a close,” said board Chairwoman Carol King as she read the motion. The delay will also help the conservancy raise the rest of the money it needs — about $4 million — to fund all the park work, according to the motion.
The pavilion was designed as a key public space in the jewel of a park under construction. The 4,200-square-foot building would sit at the center of the 6.5-acre park, which extends from the steps of Asheville City Hall and the Buncombe County Courthouse west to Pack Square. Building design features include geo-thermal heating, public restrooms, a restaurant and office space for the conservancy.
Construction of the pavilion will take 10 months once it begins.
Meantime, work on the rest of the park appears to be on schedule to be complete by the end of this year, conservancy members said, with the park opening to the public in sections. The Pack Square area of the park could be open as early as April, conservancy spokeswoman Donna Clark said.
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— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor