On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved a design that addresses two longstanding needs: one for an adequate teen center for the community’s youth and the other for public restrooms at Ashley Pond Park.
Council approved the community building as the location for the new teen center in March 2013, after rejecting a plan for a new 18,000-square-foot facility costing $8,782,000 and subsequent plans to lease space at Central Park Square had fallen through.
The teen center is currently housed in a two-room space provided by Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, which is at over-capacity.
The remodel is budgeted for $4 million, which includes many upgrades to the building itself, including asbestos abatement, replacement of the water heater, HVAC system and elevator and the addition of energy efficient windows and insulation for the walls and ceiling.
To address community outcries for restrooms at Ashley Pond, council directed staff to include an option for public restrooms in the design, and approved up to $200,000 more for that alternative last night.