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AAC accepts $5.9 million bid for construction of new recreation center

The Amenity Authority Committee has accepted a $5.9 million bid for the construction of a new recreation center.

The committee unanimously voted on Wednesday to accept the bid from Mark Cook Builders Inc. for the construction of the new First Responders Recreation Center. It will be built at the home of the former First Baptist Church in the Marion County section of The Villages. In 2018, the AAC purchased 18 acres and the former church building for $2 million.

The existing 9,446 square-foot building will be renovated to include a 1,338 square-foot addition to house a kiln room, storage closet and screened porch for an art room. The project also includes the construction of enhanced outdoor amenities, including three sports courts, an 18-hole putt ’n play course with a starter pavilion/restroom, resort-style pool with restroom, fire pit area, corn toss, two additional restrooms to service the outdoor amenities, shade structures, expanded perimeter walking trail with outdoor fitness equipment and a multi-use field. 

An overview of the plan for the First Responders Recreation Center.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in May.

The $5.9 million bid came in lower than the $6.41 million estimate for the project.

The theme of the recreation center will pay tribute to first responders, including Villagers who served in those roles. They will be asked to submit memorabilia from their days as first responders.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

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Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

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Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

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Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

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Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

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Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Opening date announced for barbecue restaurant at Magnolia Plaza 

An opening date has been announced for a new barbecue restaurant coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

A convicted sexual predator has taken up permanent residence in the Village of Alhambra.

Get the facts right on server shortages at restaurants

A reader with some insight on the restaurant industry, says Villages-News.com should “get the facts right” on server shortages at local restaurants. Read her Letter to the Editor.

Great article on the labor shortage at restaurants in The Villages

An Ocala reader, in a Letter to the Editor, points out that the restaurants in the area aren’t the only businesses dealing with staffing shortages.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.