The three-part renovation will continue through 2023, but the building will remain open and continue to offer art education classes and gallery programming, the city said last week.
Patrons “can expect to see construction going on. There may be some spaces that they’re used to visiting that may be closed,” Kettering Assistant City Manager Steve Bergstresser told the Dayton Daily News.
“I think the staff’s goal over there is to make it as seamless as possible,” he added. “We’re going to balance those things as best we can. But patrons who typically use Rosewood can expect construction to be going on the next 18-24 months.”
The renovation contracted to Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. includes mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades, as well as the creation of more efficient and customized learning environments for various artistic disciplines, the city said.
The first phase is expected to cost about to $2.393 million, about $700,000 more than originally projected.
The higher cost is related to including work in Phase I that had been planned in future phases, city records show.
The work is being funded by Kettering, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and the Kettering Parks Foundation, according to the city. It includes a $450,000 state grant, records show.
Kettering City Schools deeded 7.1 acres at the Rosewood address to the city in March in 2020, according Montgomery County Auditor’s Office records.
The transaction was part of a land swap that involved former Fire Station 32 on West Dorothy Lane.