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Project Updates

July 2021:    

GVCO, IMC Construction and Spear Excavating had a final preconstruction meeting with the Chester County Conservation District while today JMR Engineering staked out the “Limits of Disturbance” at the new GVCO Community Center prior to initial site work.

June 2021:

The escrow check has been posted with the township and construction budget has been finalized with the hope that the building will begin to come out of the ground as the new school year begins. Our next goal is to raise the remaining monies to fill the thermometer that has been on the GVCO website these past years. Although we have yet to raise the necessary funding to complete the entire complex, our GVCO Board felt that getting a portion of the complex operational was imperative so programming for our community could continue.

May 2021:

GVCO recently announced it has chosen Meridian Bank to handle its financing needs with our new GVCO Community Center project. An appraisal of the property has been ordered and our GVCO Board , along with MacElree Harvey, Ltd are finalizing the terms of the loan. IMC Construction, GVCO’s general contractor, is finalizing the construction budget and timeline for Meridian.

Our GVCO Board felt it was important to choose a local banking partner who also has a vested interest in our Great Valley community. Meridian was a logical choice beyond the outlined initial terms. Chris Annas, the bank's founder has long-lasting ties to our community and GVCO…having lived here and his kids participating in GVCO programming. Meridian was also the bank chosen back in 2005 when GVBL needed a Letter of Credit in order to open the old GVBL Center on Bacton Hill Rd.

GVCO looks forward to continuing to work with our long time banking partner Meridian Bank, to bring this wonderful community asset, the new GVCO Community Center to fruition for entire community to enjoy.

 

March 2021:

About one year ago, February/March 2020, we had begun the site work at the Bacton Hill site of our new GVCO Community Center. The timing of the start to the pandemic last year couldn’t have been more detrimental to the project. Like most of the world, GVCO had to shut down the project just as it had started. There are a host of things that need to “fall into place” in order to restart. From re-pricing to re-awarding, to reengaging the local and county authorities. And of course the weather. It appears that all of this is completed (including the winter months) and the community will see some progress in the coming weeks.

January 2021:

If you have passed by the new GVCO Community Center site on Bacton Hill Rd, you have begun to see the transformation of the property. We built a storage shed, began fencing in the property and opened the practice field in the back of the site. Our GVFL football and GV Cheer groups both held programming at the site this fall.

We have also held a number of community and fundraising events throughout the fall. And you may have seen a good bit of equipment being relocated as we begin to mobilize for future site work at the facility.

Nov. 8, 2020: If you have passed by the new GVCO Community Center site on Bacton Hill Rd, you have begun to see the transformation of the property. We built a storage shed, began fencing in the property and opened the practice field in the back of the site. Our GVFL football and GV Cheer groups both held programming at the site this fall. We have also held a number of community and fundraising events throughout the fall. And you may have seen a good bit of equipment being relocated as we begin to mobilize for future site work at the facility.

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Oct. 1, 2020: We're Still Here!. We were on the verge of several events involving our new GVCO Community Center project last March when Covid-19 shut everything down. During the several months since the state of PA moved to the "yellow phase", we have continued our engagement with the project. The new GVCO practice field and storage shed were installed at the north end of the facility; the clearing of the backside of the site continued; and a temporary grass parking along 51 N. Bacton Hill Rd was established.

Since the beginning of summer our business partners involved in the project have had an opportunity to "catch up". The community has had an opportunity to quasi-adapt to the current pandemic environment and begin the new school year. And the economy has adjusted to the “new normal” despite the continued struggles for the local small business community. With the closing of our old GVBL Center, it is now critical that we attain the financing and begin to move forward with the project so that there will be a 2021 delivery on the new GVCO Community Center.

Working with our project partners and the East Whiteland Township, we will keep the project moving forward as we cross into the final months of the quarter. Our goal would be to get a good bit of the preliminary site work, with regard to the actual building pad area completed in this calendar year, so that we will be in a good position to move to the remaining site work and building construction as soon as the weather breaks in the new year.

This would potentially allow us to reach our ultimate goal of having the new indoor facility operational for the fall of 2021. There is still the uphill battle of raising the additional funding to secure financing in the coming months. However this new facility would fill the large void for thousands of local families that enjoyed our programming each year when we had the GVBL Center operational. Obviously the new facility will also offer many other new opportunities that were always limited due to our lack of facilities at the old GVBL Center. The hope is that when we reach the fall of 2021 that our community will be coming out of this most unique time brought on by this pandemic. In the meantime GVCO would like to give the community something very positive to watch unfold in the next 6-12 months as they try and forget 2020.

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Jun 8 2020: Out With The Old... In mid May GVCO began the demolition of the GVBL Center, a space we have leased and created many great memories since 2005. Unfortunately with the pandemic and the evolving rules and guidelines, the GVBL Center is no longer a healthy and safe viable option for our programming (see recent Restore Chester County guidelines as we move forward towards the "Green Phase").


Fortunately we have made tremendous progress towards our goal of providing a new GVCO Community Center as preliminary site work has begun at the 51 N. Bacton Hill Rd site. Additional funding is still necessary to secure the final bank financing to raise the building and open the doors.

 

GVCO will be renewing our efforts with our capital campaign following the hiatus due to pandemic. A final push towards our goal will be rolled out in the coming weeks and months. The hope is to get a much greater degree of participation from the entire community (see current donor list ).

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Apr. 24, 2020: Governor Wolf's state-wide shut down has temporarily stopped our progress on the site work at the new GVCO Community Center. Just before the mandatory closing, a 300 ft silt fence was installed towards the back side of the site. Hoping to resume when it is safe and the governor begins to reduce the restrictions.

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Mar. 24, 2020: Until something is taken away from us it’s often hard to realize how important it is in your life. Essentially having those everyday things taken away from our kids, parents, friends and neighbors, is very difficult. GVCO will continue to be committed to bringing a state of the art Community Center to Great Valley.

With what is currently occurring, it is now more apparent than ever before: the region needs a place where the community can be a community. Given the gravity of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Pennsylvania, across the U.S. and globally, GVCO recognizes the impact this has on the friends, neighbors and families here in the Great Valley community and surrounding region. Being “a community” and caring about one another at this point of uneasiness and concern becomes that much more critical.

Moving forward into the spring and beyond, know that GVCO will make sound and thoughtful decisions for all those involved in our programming. The safety and well-being of the families in our community is on the forefront of our minds. Our mission remains steadfast …”to help build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents. ” Please take care of yourselves.

Feb. 24, 2020:

GVCO continues to reach out to the community for help with the project. Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather Sunday, Dan Aquilante of DC Aquilante, Inc and Charlestown Paving were back out there again!

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Feb. 11, 2020: The entrance to the future GVCO Community Center has been paved, providing access to the site from 51 N. Bacton Hill Rd. Thanks to a generous donation of time and resources from Drew Alleva and Jon Bureski of Charlestown Paving, they were able to finish up before all of the rain.

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Feb. 4, 2020: Entrance for the new GVCO Community Center is taking shape. Crew starts initial "cut in" for the driveway.

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Jan. 31, 2020: A silt sock, an erosion control measure, was installed earlier this week in preparation for work on the new GVCO Community Center entrance.

Jan. 22, 2020: Another long time GV resident and local business owner, Doug Buettner, is pictured in his "Brush hog". He and his company, Malvern Courts LP, donated a days worth of time clearing the site of all brush and tree limbs.

Jan. 17, 2020: Driveway entrance for the new GVCO Community Center has been "laid out" and is ready to be "cut in". Keep an eye out for the work crews!


IMC Construction

Jan. 15, 2020: As we prepare to start the 1st phase of the site work for the new GVCO Community Center, equipment from our general contractor begins to move in at 51 N. Bacton Hill.

JMC Survey Crew

Jan. 10, 2020: Take a ride down Bacton Hill Rd so you can see the stakes showing the location for the driveway entrance to the new GVCO Community Center! Pictured: JMR Engineering Survey Crew

GVCO Trees down

Jan. 7, 2020: Before and after...trees come down at the future site of the new GVCO Community Center. Long time GV resident and business owner, Dave Magee and Edens Tree Service donated their time for a day and took down 20 large trees on the site. The arduous approval and regulatory processes have finally been completed. 2020 is shaping up to be a historic year for the community!

This will be the 1st of many regular "GVCO Project Updates" that we will provide for our donors who have generously contributed to our GVBC capital campaign. We are still several hundred thousand dollars from our campaign goal - see "real time" thermometer on the GVCO website homepage - but thanks to all of you, we will begin to make the new GVCO Community Center a reality!

GVCO getting started

December, 2019: After a VERY long awaited regulatory approval process, we have finally reached a point where we can start moving forward with the project! Follow our progress in our Project Updates.

Nov. 15, 2019: Pre-construction meeting to review initial scope and phases within the project. Meeting included the Chester County Conservation District; EW Township; JMR Engineering; Site Developer; IMC;GVCO.

Oct. 30, 2019: Erosion & Settlement (“Grading”) permit submitted to the EW Township.

Oct. 10, 2019: A project meeting was held to align the engineering contractors so the project timeline could be managed effectively and timely as we begin to move the project forward.  Attendees:  JMR Engineering (civil); Earth Engineering (geotechnical); MacIntosh Engineering (structural); Arcus Design (architect); a site developer; IMC; GVCO.

Sept. 27, 2019: GVCO receives NPDES approval letter for “Individual NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities”. NPDES is the governing body that mandates compliance and gives final approval to move forward with a project such as the community center.

Feb 21 2019: GVCO, represented by MacElree Harvey, Ltd., has purchased 7 acres of ground at 51 North Bacton Hill Rd., Malvern from the Great Valley School District for $959,000.00. Following subdivision approval from the East Whiteland Township, GVCO has recorded the deed and taken ownership of the property.

Jan 31 2019: Final approved subdivision plans for the Bacton Hill property were submitted for execution by the East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors in order for recordation of the deed.

April 2019: GVCO Community Service Day was a huge success! Nearly 50 tires were pulled from the woods while students volunteered to clean up the property that will be the future home of the new community center.

February 2019: GVCO, represented by MacElree Harvey, Ltd., has purchased 7 acres of ground at 51 North Bacton Hill Rd., Malvern from the Great Valley School District for $959,000.00. Following subdivision approval from the East Whiteland Township, GVCO has recorded the deed and taken ownership of the property.

January 2019: Final approved subdivision plans for the Bacton Hill property were submitted for execution by the East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors in order for recordation of the deed.

December 2018: At our most recent quarterly board meeting, the GVCO Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of the property on Bacton Hill Rd that will allow GVCO to move forward with settlement of the property as of January 19th, 2019 with the GVSD.

November 2018: EWT Supervisors passed a resolution approving our amended subdivision and land development plan. This was a huge milestone that will allow us to subdivide the property, record the deed and move forward with settlement with GVSD on the 7 acre parcel on Bacton Hill Rd.

November 2018: GVCO receives approval from the East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors.

October 2018: GVCO receives onsite sewage certification from the Chester County Health Department.

October 2018: East Whiteland Township Planning Commission unanimously recommends approval of onsite sewage system to the Board of Supervisors.

October 2018: Our new sign on Bacton Hill goes up!

September 2018: Percolation tests on the building site, overseen by the Chester County Health Department, were successful.

June 2018: GVCO approaches Chester County Industrial Development Authority about tax-exempt mortgage financing.

May 2018: East Whiteland Township contracts ARRO Consulting to engineer sewer line on Bacton Hill Rd.

April 2018: GVCO engages two local banking institutions, providing key financing documentation.

March 2018: Arcus Design and the GVCO Facilities committee completes core and shell review with alternates list.

February 2018: IMC Construction presents GVCO with project bid package.

December 2017: East Whiteland Township grants preliminary final approval to the project.

October 2017: IMC Construction puts plan out for bid.

October 2017: Arcus Design Group completes schematic design work.

September 2017: Phase I of environmental study completed.

September 2017: IMC Construction begins to develop project bid process to be completed by end of October.

August 2017: East Whiteland Township schedules preliminary final project approval resolution vote at early October Board of Supervisors meeting.

July 2017: Arcus Design begins schematic design work with proposed completion date at the end of August.

 

July 2017: Aqua America issues Letter of Availability to GVCO for water utility.

 

June 2017: GVCO selects Malvern based Arcus Design Group as architectural partner.

 

June 2017: Chester County based Ingram Engineering  is solicited to conduct borings on the site.

 

May 2017: So-Deep Inc. subsurface utility engineering completes the location of underground utilities on the site.

 

April 2017: JMR Engineering revises plans in accordance with NPDES review letter.

 

March 2017: GVCO contracts a subsurface utility engineering company to locate and document locations of utilities on the property.

 

January 2017: GVCO files an extension with East Whiteland Board of Supervisors for final approval to permit them time to work through the sewer issues with the proposed development.

 

December 5, 2016: RFPs sent out to five local architectural firms.

 

October 10, 2016: NPDES Permit Application is filed with Chester County.

 

August 2016: East Whiteland Township officials move forward with plans to add a public sewer line down Bacton Hill Rd.

 

June 16, 2016: East Whiteland Township Planning Commission approved GVCO plans for proposed community center.

 

May 23, 2016: GVCO representatives met with Surrey Services for Seniors to begin defining a formal partnership agreement, program objectives, and communication strategies between the two organizations.

 

May 19, 2016: GVCO Facilities Committee attended biweekly meeting with IMC to review engineering on storm water, plan for sewer line and the strategy for sitework.  Continued development of the project timeline was also discussed.

 

May 9, 2016: East Whiteland Board of Supervisors approved GVCO's conditional use application for the new community center at 51 Bacton Hill Rd.

 

May 3, 2016: GVCO met with a local banker to map out a plan for project financing options.

 

April 29, 2016: GVCO met with Harry Didonato, lead attorney from MacElree Harvey, to review the status of the project.

 

April 27, 2016: GVCO and JMR Engineering met with East Whiteland Township Planning Commission to review township engineer's final comments on proposed community center plan.

 

April 26, 2016: GVCO Facilities Planning Committee met with IMC Construction to review building and development timeline.

 

April 21, 2016: GVCO campaign manager attended East Whiteland Business Partners gathering at East Whiteland Fire Company.

 

April 15, 2016: Andy Heindrich of Heindrich & Klein Associates is contracted to perform a traffic study for the proposed community center.

 

April 13, 2016: MacElree Harvey and JMR Engineering presented to the East Whiteland Township Supervisors for the conditional use approval for the proposed community center to be located on the Bacton Hill tract.

 

April 4, 2106: React Environmental Professional Services Group reviewed previous environmental opinions and reports to begin the process of a complete environmental due diligence.

 

March 28, 2016: The East Whiteland Township Zoning Hearing Board reviewed the proposed GVCO community center sketch plan provided by JMR Engineering.

 

March 22, 2016: Keith Walsh met with the East Whiteland Parks & Recreation to update them on the proposed GVCO community center plan.

 

Late March, 2016: GVCO facilities committee received proposals from two local architectural firms.

 

February 24, 2015: The East Whiteland Planning Commission reviewed the sketch plan for the Great Valley Community Organization, and recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors for the Conditional Use Application and also recommended approval to the Zoning Hearing Board for the Special Exception request. Both recommendations passed 6-0. (One member was absent).

 

December 17, 2015: GVCO presented the plot plan to the East Whiteland Township Planning Commission. The plans were received with enthusiasm.

 

October 19, 2015: GVCO entered an agreement of sale with the Great Valley School District for the purchase of seven acres located on Bacton Hill Road in East Whiteland Township.

2021 Newsletters: 3/19/21, 4/1/21

2020 Newsletters: 1/7/20, 1/10/20, 1/15/20, 1/17/20, 1/23/20, 1/28/20, 1/31/20, 2/4/20, 2/11/20, 2/24/20, 3/24/20

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