JUST ASK SHANE: New Eastgate Elementary Construction
KENNEWICK, WA - Christine wants to know, "What are they doing with the big lot on 10th Avenue between Eastgate Elementary and the fairgrounds in Kennewick?
We talked with the Kennewick School District, and what you see there on 10th Avenue is the early phases of the new Eastgate Elementary school. Right now, crews are digging trenches to lay the foundation for the new school.
The new Eastgate is the last in a long list of school renovation projects that were paid for with the 2009 school bond. Earlier projects all came in under budget, which left enough money to build a brand new Eastgate right next to its current location.
"Eastgate elementary was originally built in the 1950's, and it was renovated again in the 1980's. A lot of the old school still exists, and the infrastructure underneath could not handle a another renovation. It needed to be a brand new school," said Doug Carl, the school district's director of capital projects.
Carl says the large size of the Eastgate campus has allowed them to get an early start on the construction. The area is fenced off right now to keep the kids safe, and Eastgate students will spend next year at the Fruitland building while the construction is completed. The new Eastgate should be ready to open in the fall of 2015.
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