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Two years after Pensacola’s Bayview Community Center was razed, a new, modern facility is on track to soon take its place in Pensacola’s historic East Hill neighborhood at Bayview Park overlooking Bayou Texar.

The longstanding former Bayview Center closed in 2014 after being flooded and was demolished the following year. The City of Pensacola is undertaking the building of a new Community Resource Center at Bayview Park.

A rendering of the new Bayview Community Resource Center. (Special to The Pulse)

Caldwell Associates Architects has been hired to plan and design the new facility and has released new renders of the planned $8.25 million replacement.

The new 19,000 square foot center will be built on the same spot as the old building and will include three community meeting rooms, a large exercise room, two small event spaces for up to 120 people each, and a catering kitchen.

A rendering of the new Bayview Community Resource Center. (Special to The Pulse)

A 5,000 square foot boathouse for storage of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and rowing shells is also planned. The center will be built eight feet higher than the previous building to protect against flooding, officials said.

Construction on the new community center is tentatively set to begin in March 2018, according to a schedule released by the project architect, with work expected to be completed by May of 2019.

A rendering of the new Bayview Community Resource Center showing the event space and kayak/canoe storage room. (Special to The Pulse)

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