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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Construction is set to begin this week on West Lafayette's Wellness and Aquatic Center, according to the city. Leaders are also sharing a first look at renderings of the new space.
The photos released on the city's Facebook page show the outside of the building, and what the aquatic center could look inside.
This week, construction fencing went up around the site.
It's all so workers can begin demolition of the former parks and recreation building next week.
They're also relocating existing playground equipment.
Mayor John Dennis said crews are doing the work with as little impact to surrounding neighborhoods as possible.
"We're doing everything we can to make sure that they do the actual noisy operations during suitable times," he said. "We're also making sure that any kind of dust or airborne irritant--they can minimize that."
As we previously reported, the $25 million facility will be built in Cumberland Park on the corner of Salisbury Street and Kalberer Road. In addition to the aquatic center, the city said amenities will include a gymnasium, indoor playground and indoor track.
The West Lafayette Wellness and Aquatic Center will be first rec center in the state to have universal bathrooms, according to city leaders. The bathrooms, changing rooms and showers will all be universal. You will be able to lock the door behind you in all of these spaces.
Dennis said demolition will finish up at the end of July.
The wellness and aquatics center is scheduled for completion in January 2021.
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