2018 Sun City renovations announced

After 2018, maintenance and repair spending by the Sun City Community Association will wind down. This year will be the last one that involves major spending.

According to the newly updated consolidated reserve budget for the next five years (2018-2022) that was announced in December, projected costs of upgrades in common areas and facilities will total $2.2 million in 2018, $1.3 million in 2019, $586,000 in 2020, $616,000 in 2021, and $536,000 in 2022.

Millgrove Workshop is set for a $208K+ makeover in 2018. (Photo by Tony Pratt/Sun Day)

Millgrove Workshop is set for a $208K+ makeover in 2018. (Photo by Tony Pratt/Sun Day)

This Sun Day report will focus on 2018 activity. Following is a list that provides some detail about 10 of the most extensive projects planned for this year (the numbers shown here are preliminary estimates only, and will change when contractor bids are received).

1. Replace asphalt on Meadow View Lodge parking lot – $400,000.

2. Repair and replace shingles on Prairie Lodge roof – $337,000.

3. Conduct a major makeover of Millgrove Workshop at Sun City Boulevard and Vineyard Drive, the first one since the community opened in 1999. This involves 11 separate projects on the exterior and interior of the building where the Woodchucks Charter Group performs projects for residents and charities and offers training for club members and residents – $208,500.

4. Replace indoor pool heater, Prairie Lodge – $110,000.

5. Renovate cold storage rooms in the Prairie Lodge/Jameson’s restaurant – $102,500.

6. Remodel bathrooms in Drendel hallway and near Fountain View Center, Prairie Lodge – $83,000.

7. Renovate and re-furnish Art Room in Prairie Lodge – $54,000.

8. Replace carpeting in Prairie Lodge administrative office areas – $50,500.

9. Repair and replace asphalt trails throughout community – $65,000.

These projects are all funded out of the reserve budget that provides for maintenance and repair of Sun City common areas and facilities. About 20% of resident assessments are assigned annually to this budget, and 80% goes to the annual operating budget that provides for ongoing recreational, entertainment, and social activities, and the staff that manages and conducts them.

In addition, the board of directors voted in December to spend somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 to redo the interior of the Solarium Room in Prairie Lodge with paint, window coverings, and new flooring. This will be funded by the 2018 operating budget. This is phase one of a two-part project that will involve more extensive work later this year, according to board president Dennis O’Leary.

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