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Brick sales start for ‘generation complex’ work

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POSTED April 8, 2013 1:39 a.m.

LATHROP — It would be easy for Lathrop’s youth to stand by and wait for the “Generation Complex” to be built.

After all, it was the Lathrop Youth Advisory Commission – in partnership and conjunction with key members of Lathrop’s city staff – that brought the project previously referred to as the teen center to fruition in the first place.

Why not take a little break and wait for the thing to be built?

They don’t see it that way.

With the actual construction getting ready to go out to bid within a matter of weeks – city planners are getting to ready to meet with able contractors in the coming days to outline the scope of the project – the YAC has decided to push ahead with a donor brick program that will raise money for incidentals not included in the overall building cost.

That means televisions, gaming consoles, computers, couches and other items that aren’t going to be supplied as part of the building contract will be covered exclusively by the proceeds of the fundraising effort that has been underway for some time – the donor bricks being just the latest facet.

“It was the commissioners that came up with the idea themselves to augment some of the things they’re already trying with bigger businesses in the community – the naming of a room or even the skate park for large donations and things like that,” said Lathrop City Councilman and unofficial youth ambassador Omar Ornelas. “There are a lot of great things that the project will bring to the community, and the brick program will help the kids have a stake in outfitting it the way they’d like to.”

The bricks will be laid along a walkway that will lead to the building – which will also house Lathrop’s public library.

A concrete skate park and a parkour course will be included in the project for the youth of the community. Plans also call for a community garden, playground and an amphitheater. It will be constructed next to Lathrop High School.

A donor wall is also available.

Having some place close to the high school and a sprawling 6.8-acre site for everybody in the community, Ornelas said, only adds to the growing list of amenities that residents can enjoy.

“It’s going to be a new facility with great amenities that everybody will be able to enjoy,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot more space there for the library, and a computer lab that we didn’t have before – upgraded systems and space for people to spread out and work.

“It’s a huge benefit to our residents, and a place that our youth can go. They’ve never had somewhere like that.”

For more information about the donor brick program contact the Lathrop Parks and Recreation Department at (209) 941-7370.

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