Editorial: Clubhouse: No Time for Timidity
It is frustrating to our membership, as well as the Ad Hoc Planning Committee and the Board,
that costs to build our new clubhouse have escalated from the original conceptual presentations to the community. The Board and GM have done a good job of explaining these cost increases between the dream and the reality, but it is still a tough pill to swallow. Some of the increases are a result of the escalation of construction costs and a tougher regulatory environment. Some are the result of under estimation of the fee structure for our architect and project manager. Some are the result of a small increase in square footage and repurposing of some space in the building.
Even with the cost increases, the thrust should now focus on the future and the goal to complete a well built clubhouse that will last us another 50 years. We should not go down the blame game road but accept that our clubhouse is going to cost close to $6.7 million to build. To go back and revisit the scope of the project or suggest that we have another vote is foolish and will only escalate the final cost and delay the project for an unknown time period.
Progress in our community has been difficult and bumpy for the past 10 years. We have made mistakes yet we have made a lot of progress. We have learned from our community center that trying to save a few dollars at the last minute can have lasting long term consequences. The money we saved by not installing the cement floor in the community center to deaden the sound below has lived to haunt us every day. Let’s not make that mistake again by cutting costs at the end that we will regret later.
With a net of close to $1 million from the sale of the four north gate lots, clubhouse reserves of approximately $1.5 million and a $4 million assessment, we should have close to all the funds we need and further special assessments should be unnecessary or minimal. Now is not the time to waver, but to move forward as a community and look to the Board and Administration for more transparency, communication, and accountable oversight as this process unfolds.
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