A new community center is going to open in Huntsville, geared toward the senior population. The Huntsville City Council voted last week to transform the armory building near John Hunt Park into the Raymond W. Jones Community Center.
Located near the Steve Hettinger Drive entrance on the east side of John Hunt Park, the former armory closed in 2017. The City later acquired the property from the state. Here are some more details on the project:
What the project includes
The $6.3 million project is largely funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program, with the City of Huntsvilleproviding remaining funds through its capital budget.
Located near the Steve Hettinger Drive entrance on the east side of John Hunt Park, the former National Guard Armory closed in 2017. The City of Huntsville later acquired the property from the state.
The renovation project will include:
- New roof
- New HVAC system
- New Plumbing
- Upgraded electrical systems
- New windows
- LED lighting
- Façade improvements
- Expanded parking lot to accommodate more vehicles and ADA-accessible spaces
When work will begin at National Guard Armory
The contract stipulates work will begin within 10 calendar days after a notice to proceed is issued. The contractor has 430 days to complete the project.
When finished, the center will house offices for John Hunt Park management staff and facilities supporting senior populations programming, including those with Parkinson’s disease.
“We’re very excited to move forward with this project as it will be an asset to our senior population. It’s especially fitting this project is being announced during Parks and Recreation Month, which highlights the importance of not only our facilities, but also the programs we offer to our citizens.”James Gossett, Director of Huntsville Parks & Recreation.