TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Construction work is nearly complete on the long-awaited Immaculate Conception Parish gymnasium in Tuckahoe.
Most of the work on the exterior has been completed, with crews putting the finishing touches on the roof and handicapped ramp. Work is continuing on the interior, but work is expected to be finished on schedule.
Construction on the 9,500-square-foot-building began in July, after a groundbreaking ceremony in June. It took more than a decade of planning and fundraising for the school to get its gym. There were plans for a gym to be built in 1953 that never came to fruition, said the Rev. Eric Raaser, pastor of the church.
Students, faculty members and parishioners have been hard at work all year raising money for the $3.5 million project, including a change drive and walkathon in September.
Peter Gisolfi Associates designed the building, and DHI Construction Services is in charge of construction.
When completed, the gymnasium will serve as the new home for parish basketball teams, which rented space at other gyms in the past. The school hopes that it will help boost its volleyball program and serve as a space to host plays and assemblies for the school.
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