Municipal approval gained for minor improvements at Paiute Neighborhood Center

Scottsdale City Council meets at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Bathrooms in one portion of Paiute Neighborhood Center will soon be under construction to bring them up to ADA compliance, following Scottsdale City Council’s approval.

On Jan. 15, Scottsdale City Council approved two resolutions for the Paiute Neighborhood Center, one to upgrade the bathrooms in building 2, and another to amend a license agreement with a charter school that utilizes space on the campus.

The first resolution approves and authorizes a $127,612 contract for Paiute’s Americans with Disabilities Act bathroom renovation project with Doege Development LLC, for construction services. The project renovations will occur in building 2 of the neighborhood center, 6535 E. Osborn Road.

Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. (photo by city of Scottsdale)

In 2016, an evaluation of building 2 bathrooms was performed by an ADA-certified Scottsdale Senior Plans Examiner, and a Scottsdale Building Inspector. The evaluation concluded the bathrooms do not meet the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and multiple components of the bathroom do not adhere to the 2012 International Building Code, according to a city staff report.

Construction for the bathroom project is expected to last 60 days, and is scheduled to begin around Feb. 4.

The second resolution approves the first amendment to the Hirsch License Agreement contract regarding use of space at the Paiute center to operate a public charter school, recognizing the security deposit previously paid by Hirsch to Scottsdale, and specifying the conditions of its return to the school.

On July 2, 2018, the city entered into a license agreement with Hirsch Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, to use space at the Paiute Neighborhood Center to operate a public charter school.

Hirsch provides free public education during the academic year to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, according to a city staff report.

The Paiute Neighborhood Center campus is 383,894 square feet that houses the Hirsch Academy, nonprofit organizations and city social service programs, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Early Childhood Learning Center, Head Start, the Scottsdale Prevention Institute and the city’s Community Assistance Office.

Over 400 children are on campus during peak hours of a normal school day, the city staff report states.

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