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 A new Sterling Heights Community Center remains under construction across the street from the Sterling Heights Richard J. Notte City Center.

A new Sterling Heights Community Center remains under construction across the street from the Sterling Heights Richard J. Notte City Center.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Community Center construction proceeds despite weather

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 5, 2019


STERLING HEIGHTS — In early July one year ago, city officials broke ground on the future Sterling Heights Community Center, located near the roundabout at Utica and Dodge Park roads.

And like the seedling sculpture that it neighbors, the Community Center building has been growing from the ground up.

Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said that while he couldn’t make a clear declaration on when the building project will be done, he is happy with the progress, “considering some of the extreme weather we’ve had, whether it’s been wintertime with the polar vortex or more recently the amount of rain that we had.”

“I’m pleased with the progress that they’ve continued to make based on that,” he said. “We’re continuing to push forward. We’re planning to have this done by the end of the calendar year 2019.”

The Community Center construction is being funded through the passage of the Recreating Recreation millage in 2016. According to city officials, the facility is set to be two floors, with two gyms and plenty of activity rooms for dance and exercise.

However, Langlois said the facility will not have a swimming pool due to space constraints. Instead, the city encourages residents to use the Warren Community Center pool under an agreement the two cities have.

Langlois said the transition from the former Parks and Recreation Department headquarters — which used to be at Dodge Park — to some temporary office arrangements has been inconvenient at times. He said his office is currently in the Sterling Heights Senior Center, and the rest of his staff is at the Fillmore Elementary School building near Van Dyke Avenue and 15 Mile Road. But he said the department is nevertheless keeping its concert, gymnastics and dance programming top-notch and on course.

“It’s a challenge, no doubt,” he said. “A challenge (that) requires really good communication with everybody going in a million directions. … Our department staffing is made up of excellent professionals. More than anything, we’re working harder, doing more steps than what we normally would have to do.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said he too is happy with the current progress on the building.

“It’s great to see the construction going on,” he said. “It’s really starting to take shape. I’ve heard residents over at Music in the Park and (the) splash pad, and they are really excited about it, and so am I.”

Find out more about the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department by visiting www.mysh or by calling (586) 446-2700.