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November open date no longer in sight for Marion's HUB Recreation Center

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Construction delays on Marion, Illinois' 64,000 square foot HUB recreation center mean the center won't open by this November as originally expected.

The HUB has had some unforeseen construction road bumps, according to HUB's Marketing and Business Development Director Hilary LeHew.

“Some things have taken a little longer than expected,” LeHew said.

The construction delays have increased the cost of the project from its estimated $12.5 million to an estimated $14 million, according to LeHew.

LeHew said $2.5 million of the project is being paid for by a parks and recreation grant from the Illinois State Department of Natural Resources.

The City of Marion, Ill. is paying for the other $11.5 million through bonds.

LeHew explained that construction tasks such as painting and instillation of glass windows have taken longer than expected. LeHew explained that there were some unforeseen shipping delays in the materials use for this project.

“We have had some shipping delays with panels for the gym,” LeHew said. “And the panels need to be put in before the floor can be put in.”

When completed, the HUB will have three swimming pools, a fitness center, and basketball court, according to LeHew.

LeHew explained that the center plans to purchase a turf field as well. The turf would be a removable, so soccer could be played over the basketball court, LeHew said.

The HUB will also be home to a Teen Center, a place for children and teens to go to hangout after school, LeHew explained.

LeHew said the City wants to open the facility as soon as possible. LeHew estimates the facility opening at sometime this winter.

The project was originally announced in June of 2013.

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