Storming back? Penfield Pavilion repair options topic of forum
Updated 9:30 am, Sunday, August 11, 2013
Residents will get a chance to learn about the options being explored for repairing the Superstrom Sandy-damaged Penfield Pavilion at an Aug. 27 forum.
The meeting, where the public also will have a chance to comment on the proposals, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 401 Fairfield Beach Road.
"It is important that our town holds this meeting to get the public's input on repairing one of Fairfield's most treasured landmarks," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in a statement.
"The town wants to ensure that the new pavilion will withstand severe weather and continue to be part of our community for generations to come."
The beachfront pavilion has been closed since last October when the surge from Hurricane Sandy breached weir boards and undermined some of the building's foundation footings, causing floors and railings to buckle.
The town had rebuilt Penfield over a two-year period at a cost of $5.5 million, and it was reopened in 2011.
"The process to determine the future of this facility will be well-vetted public process that will come before many town boards," said Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo.
"The purpose of this meeting is to receive public input at this early conceptual design stage."
The public will hear about three options under consideration:
- Repair the building at the same elevation and footprint.
- Repair and raise the elevation above new Federal Emergency Management flood elevations.
- Repair the building, raise the elevation and relocate the facility about 80 feet to the north.
Also on the team is Roberge Associates, a coastal engineer firm, which will evaluate potential storm conditions and wave actions and Peter Cummings Inc., which is involved in the construction methods and estimating.
No cost estimates have been presented for the repair scenarios.