Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 9, 2012

Aquatic Zoo boosts Oct. construction


MT. VERNON — Commercial building in the city came in at more than $5.4 million in October, while residential building slowed to a crawl.

The commercial building permits in October received a boost from the city’s $5,079,580 aquatic center permit, which is being built at 1700 S. 34th Street. The contractor on the project, Shores Builders, began moving dirt on Oct. 29, two business days after the official groundbreaking on the project.

The Aquatic Zoo is slated for completion in July 2012, and will include an alligator walk suspended between two trees, a zero-depth entry leisure pool, a lap pool with high and low diving boards, a splash pad composed of a large tidal wave bucket, play equipment, interactive large animal spray features with audio, fountains that are color lighted in the evening, water geysers that are activated by touch to display sound, a large concession stand and shaded eating area, two spiral water slides — a body slide and tube slide which empty into a splash down pool that begins the lazy river and numerous turf sun bathing areas adjacent to the pools.

Other commercial projects which received permits in October were:

n Mt. Vernon Fall Fest, 1400 Broadway, to erect a temporary sign at no estimated cost;

n Krazy Klowns/Jefferson County Shriners, to place a temporary sign at no estimated cost;

n Ford Square, 1501 Broadway, to construct a building addition at an estimated cost of $50,000;

n Valero, 4510 Broadway, to place a sign at no estimated cost;

n Stan the Tire Man, 1213 Broadway, to erect a sign at an estimated cost of $800;

n Scott Burrett/Maurices, 3917 Broadway, to renovate the store in Times Square Mall at an estimated cost of $200,000; and

n Walgreens Distribution, 5100 Lake Terrace NE, to complete phase one of renovating the distribution center at an estimated cost of $100,000.

One building permit was issued for residential construction to Patton Prince, 2901 S. 13th St., to erect a garage at an estimated cost of $4,000.

Demolition permits issued in October were:

n Denise Simpson, 14020 N. Link Lane;

n Gary Ackley, 1303 Jones St., to demolish a mobile home; and

n Kenny Hails, 1110 Partridge, to demolish a house.