This is the time of year that I wish all our Woodhaven fathers a happy Fathers Day. We have just celebrated the memory of our fallen military members with respect and honor. Thanks to all our veterans and the many families at the Memorial Day ceremony. We had the highest attendance ever. Woodhaven staff did a fantastic job setting up this ceremony. A concrete medallion of the U.S. Marine logo was donated and placed into our display. This medallion had belonged to an owner/veteran that passed away and my heartfelt thanks go to the owners that donated it for our display. Natalie from recreation took the initiative to obtain the medallions for all our service branches and the Veterans Memorial Ad Hoc committee will be working on the placement of the medallions in upcoming weeks.
The Board of Directors conducted their first of three board meetings on property. The meeting was well attended by many owners some of which were pro or con on our Nature Center project. A vote was taken and it was turned down at this time. I, along with several board members, felt that more discussion remained to be completed and I have called for another meeting in Naperville to discuss this project in its entirety. Some of our owners called the new facility a Taj Majal and for me I think of it as a nature palace. I have witnessed the wonder, amazement and inquisitiveness of families and children when attending the many projects held at the Nature Center. I have always been an advocate for this project. Staff and property owners on your Facilities Planning Committee have spent years debating the size, use, location and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) concerns.
We have planned a communications hub within this building in order to centrally house our fiber optics upgrade. The cost for this project has been factored into your dues and placed into our reserves for capital improvements. I would like to break the numbers down for everyone. The current building is 2,471 square feet in size and we sent out to bid a structure that will be 3,584 square feet. This square footage doesn’t include a 500 square foot screen room or the 400 square foot portico. An additional 61 square feet will be added to the bait shop and 427 square feet to the Nature Center side. Bathrooms will be added which total 315 square feet which include public access restrooms and an employee restroom. We currently have a single stall 32 square foot bathroom in the bait shop area. The communications hub will be housed in the mechanical room. We currently have a 73 square foot room and are proposing a 345 square foot room which increases the size by 272 square feet. The mechanical room will also double as a storage area for this facility.
This plan and the reasons for the new building are outlined in a presentation that you can link to from the Woodhaven phone application in the announcement section dated October 17, 2016 or on our website. I urge all owners to take the time to see what this project entails.
During our board meeting an owner in attendance stated that she had crunched the numbers and our building cost per square foot was extremely high. I would like to have that owner recheck the numbers and if the site work for the parking area and demolition cost for the old building were on those figures then the totals are totally different in determining cost per foot. We will be discussing all of this at our next meeting.
When consideration is given to what the association has spent in recent years starting with the Pool 2, beach and Family Center Project at 1 million and seventy three thousand dollars, the road improvements since 2010 at 2 million dollars, 700 thousand dollars in fiber optics and IT improvements which includes multiple extensions to our fiber optics network/camera systems/phone and network upgrades you will see that the state of Woodhaven Lakes is one based on great planning, improvements and an eye to the future.
I hope to be here with my family for many more years and I have total confidence in our management staff and you the owners of Woodhaven. The figures I have quoted reflect many projects, but not all that have been undertaken in the last ten years and it places the Nature Center project in the middle of cost compared to what we’ve completed. I personally took this project and placed myself in your shoes and that of our children. This is a place to learn, love and embrace nature. As your board President I looked at the benefits afforded to our families and moving forward. I chose to side with the recommendations made by our Facilities Planning Committee because they got it RIGHT.
Thank you all and God Bless,
Board of Directors President