After a successful fundraising drive, there are just two more steps left before construction could start for a new Anne Carlsen Center, according to Tim Eissinger, CEO of the organization.
"We are still working with USDA Rural Development and our financing application is under review," he said. "... the second part of the equation is taking it (the construction project) to bid to see if we can still fall within budget."
The project includes a new campus for the Anne Carlsen Center to be located next to Jamestown Regional Medical Center west of Jamestown. It will allow the school to move from its current location along the James River in north Jamestown.
Even if the financing is approved and a determination could come within the next two weeks, the leadership of the ACC will have to determine if the project can be completed within its budget.
"Building materials have gone up considerably," Eissinger said. "They appear to have stabilized some. Our architect and others are watching it closely."
The preliminary cost estimate for the project is $41 million, Eissinger said.
"That's our target and we've been diligent at staying at that level," he said.
Fundraising for the project has gone well with the effort "close to completing its campaign of $12 million," Eissinger said.
A September 2019 article in The Jamestown Sun said the planned building project was urgently needed.
“There are so many accommodations we need to provide, especially for the medical clientele that we serve," Eissinger said in 2019. "We aren’t doing them justice where we are now. These needs are so critical for our kids having successful treatment in our care."
Remodeling the old facility would require the facility shut down for about 18 months which Eissinger said was not feasible.
Planning for the project has advanced greatly since the 2019 article on fundraising for the project, Eissinger said.
"Now, just financing and building costs to worry about," he said.
Construction of a new facility is estimated to take more than a year.
Project planners have requested a permit for a stormwater retention pond from the city of Jamestown to allow for water drainage at the site during construction. That permit application will receive final action by the Jamestown City Council at the Sept. 7 City Council meeting.
"Our best-case scenario is we start the site work this fall," Eissinger said. "With the construction work next spring."