October 6, 2011
Payson Community Kids started construction on a new activity center in late September and hope to have a completed building by the first of the year. Juan Lopez smooths the cement at the Payson Community Kids Center, while his fellow workers, Lamberto Villa, left, and Arnold Tsosie, clean their tools as they prepare to help cure the cement in the center of the slab.
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The concrete has cured and the walls will soon be framed on Payson Community Kids’ long-awaited new space. Construction started Sept. 15 after a few unexpected permit and construction modifications nearly threw the whole project off track. After shelling out an unanticipated $5,000 for a sewer permit, Payson Community Kids (PCK) officials still need to raise more than $10,000 to cover paving the end of Tonto Street. However, with enrollment numbers growing every month, officials say they had to move forward on the center that will be used for an after-school program.