SUN CITY CENTER — The board of directors of this 11,000-member retirement community is proposing that a $1.2 million administration building be built, starting next year, because the old one, a former model home, is a danger to those who work in it and those who have to visit it.
"You shouldn't even be in this building because it's a potential danger to our staff, to our volunteers and to visitors," said David Floyd, president of the Sun City Center Community Association. He pointed out the building, moved onto its present site 36 years ago, is resting on piers —not a cement slab — and the piers have shifted, partially because of the wet summers the area has experienced in recent years.
The board is relocating operations to modular units until construction is completed and the community votes on approving the expenditure early next year. Some discussions were held on rehabbing the old building, but the costs would exceed 30 percent of its value and the new building would, by law, have to be comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and brought up to code.
It also would also need a new roof because the roof joists don't fit together. The costs of a rehab would top $700,000, Floyd said.
In either case, Floyd said, there will be no increase in the $270 annual membership dues because the community association has a budget surplus.
"The new building will meet all new county standards, have enhanced safety for our workers and residents and be fully ADA complaint," Floyd said.
He added the new building will have the latest energy-efficiency standards.
"We solicited bids from architects and made a decision to retain SOL Design of Tampa," Floyd said. "We will then seek bids from construction contractors and bring it to a community vote."
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