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Moffat Community Center may go to contract
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Rendering of the proposed Moffat Community Center. - photo by Rendering contributed

The same firm that designed and built Manteca’s transit center, the animal shelter, and municipal vehicle maintenance building during the past three years could be awarded the contract for the Moffat Community Center/Veterans Hall.

The City Council on Tuesday is being asked to OK an agreement with Diede Construction to design and build the 3,600-square-foot structure on city-owned property at 560 Moffat Boulevard immediately west of the storm retention basin/mini-park.

Diede Construction will partner with WMB Architects to compete the building by July 3, 2015.

The cost is pegged at $1,160,000.

The council previously approved a lease with Jimmie Connors VFW Post 6311 for use of the Moffat Community Center. The lease notes the structure will be a public building. It will be available for rent by the public when it is not being used for its primary purpose of serving veterans groups and veterans events.

The lease is for $1 a year for 20 years. There are two 10-pyear options for renewal. The VFW will have first right of refusal to purchase the building and property if the city should decide at the end of the lease to sell.

The VFW will be responsible for all insurance, utilities, maintenance and operations connected with the building and the site as a whole.

It will mark the first time the VFW Post has had its own building to serve as its home. The VFW current shares space with the American Legion at that organization’s building next to PG&E in the 200 block of East Yosemite Avenue.