Plans are moving forward to construct a long-awaited community arts center.

During a work session Sept. 17, Assistant City Manager Tom Pessemier told the Sherwood City Council that more specific cost estimates on a project expected to cost $4.1 million would arrive soon.

The city had originally planned to locate the center in a former machine shop in Old Town. However, structural deficiencies involving trusses resulted in tearing down the building in April with new plans drawn up by Ankrom Moisan architects.

“We feel like we have a new facility that’s going to function a lot better,” Pessemier said of the city building from the ground up.

Construction of the center could begin in January with plans to open in late fall or early winter of 2014.

Scott Waggoner of Ankrom Moisan said tearing down the machine shop allowed his firm to create an “L” shape design instead of having to work within the confines of a square-shaped building.

The new facility will include a main multi-purpose space with retractable telescoping seating with space for up to 400 people. Waggoner said the seating would be different from typical retractable gymnasium bleachers in that they would be fully upholstered. The arts center will include classroom and retail space as well.

The portion of the building facing Pine Street will be built of brick but not all of the structure will contain brick because of cost constraints. The Sherwood Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing on the complex on Oct. 8.

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