Center Grove activities center in design stage

Students will be able to run, play basketball, lift weights and have club meetings inside Center Grove’s new student activities complex by the end of 2017.

Construction of the fieldhouse is slated to start in August, Center Grove superintendent Richard Arkanoff said.

Last year, the school district had to fight to build the $10 million, 59,500-square-foot building. For a month, residents in support and opposing the new structure signed petitions. About 4,800 signatures were gathered during the remonstrance.

Residents who supported the project collected more than 60 percent of the signatures, and the center can be built.

Now that the project is allowed to move forward, administrators are discussing the layout of the complex with teachers and faculty members to see what is needed in the space, Arkanoff said.

Final designs are expected to be approved by the school board in April, Arkanoff said.

The complex will be built next to the high school and eventually connect to the existing building. Construction will start in August, and take about 18 months to complete, Arkanoff said.