Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for September 23, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Davenport, IA - Family Resources, Inc. is poised to begin an extensive phased renovation project at the historical Annie Wittenmyer campus, located at 2800 Eastern Avenue in Davenport. A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for Thursday, September 23 at 9:00 a.m. Press is invited to attend.

Built in 1919, the 7,300 s.f. gymnasium facility, located on the southeast corner of campus, has had little to no remodeling work done to it since it was originally constructed 91 years ago. The upper level is used exclusively as a gymnasium, while the lower level currently contains a pool, locker rooms, and mechanical room. Both levels of the building will undergo extensive renovation work, while also remaining accessible to staff and students who use the building daily.

This phased construction on this project will include : removal and installation of windows and doors, construction of new lower level west entrance and north canopy, repair of missing and damaged exterior brick, roof, foundation, sidewalk and ramp repairs. Interior renovations include : patching and refinishing of the exiting gymnasium floor, removal of the existing unusable pool and painting around all windows and exposed surfaces. This project will also make the entire building handicapped accessible.

Since the entire Family Resources campus is listed on the National Register of Historic places the exterior renovation was required to recapture the original look of the building in order to receive approval by the City of Davenport's Historic Preservation Commission.

Partial funding for this $1.3 million dollar phased project was provided through the City of Davenport. Family Resources is working with several previous major donors to raise the additional funds needed to complete the project. Construction will be completed by May 2011.

"The gymnasium allows us to carry out our mission everyday with 150 plus young people in our alternative education program and 24 hour care facilities. We are grateful that the City of Davenport has identified this as a need and budgeted federal stimulus funding to help us launch the restoration. We are hopeful that we can leverage these dollars with local foundations and grants in order to complete all three phases of the project," stated Cheryl Goodwin, CEO of Family Resources.

Family Resources, Inc. is a not-for-profit social service agency with roots in the Quad Cities dating back to 1849. The services they provide have evolved based on the needs of our local communities and align with their mission to strengthen children, families and individuals by providing quality services that engage community resources to create effectives solutions. For more information on Family Resources, please visit their website at www.famres.org.

Russell Construction, located in Davenport, IA is serving as the General Contractor on this project. In the past Russell constructed two residential additions for Family Resources, totaling $2.6 million. Gere Dismer will serve as the Architect.

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