Project on time for scheduled opening

RIVERBANK -- This year's heavy rainfall has not delayed construction of the city's first teen center.

Construction remains on track for a mid-November finish, said Sue Fitzpatrick, the city's director of parks and recreation, Thursday.

The rain caused some delays, but Modesto-based Menghetti Construction Inc. made up for them by finishing some parts of the project quicker than anticipated, Fitzpatrick said.

The teen center will have a "soft opening" once construction is completed, Fitzpatrick said, but is scheduled to be open for teenagers as of Jan. 1, 2011.

That will give the teenagers who are advising the city on the project time to decide what kinds of classes, such as photography and dance, the center will offer as well as its hours of operation.

Riverbank officials held a groundbreaking in February for the 2,600-square-foot center on Santa Fe Street, next to the Community Center and across the street from Cardozo Middle School.

The center is several blocks from Riverbank High School.

Menghetti was awarded a $758,000 contract to build the teen center.

Funding for the construction work is coming from a state grant, the city's special project fund, redevelopment money, park development funds and from teenagers.

The teens were required to raise $35,000 as one of the requirements for the state grant.

Fitzpatrick said they have raised $80,000 and continue to raise more.

More than 16 inches of rain has fallen in Modesto this year, and as late as this month.

The average annual rainfall for Modesto is about 12 inches.