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GVCO Community Center - Project Updates -  November 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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - 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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jun 8 2020

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).

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Apr 24 2020

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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Mar 24 2020

Mar 24 2020:   Below is part of what I wrote in our most recent GVCO Newsletter…and it continues to be our focus. 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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Feb 24 2020

Feb 24 2020: Site work continues over at the 51 N. Bacton Hill Rd site. 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!


GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Feb 11 2020

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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Feb 4 2020

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

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 31 2020

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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 22 2020

"It takes a village" - Part ll" 

Jan 23 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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 17 2020

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!

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 15 2020

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.

IMC Construction trailer

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 10 2020

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!

JMR Engineering Survey Crew is pictured

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 7 2020

"It takes a village..."

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 Community Center - Project Updates

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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Nov 15 2019

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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Oct  30 2019

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

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Oct 10 2019

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.

GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Sep 27 2019

Sep 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.


GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Feb 21 2019

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.


GVCO Community Center - Project Updates - Jan 31 2019

Jan 30 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.

Project Updates

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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