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Work moving ahead on delayed tennis, teen complex

Updated 7:23 am, Friday, February 22, 2013

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  • The Fairfield Tennis Center has begun asbestos remediation on the teen center in preparation for demolition. The firm is buiding a new teen center and tennis offices. Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    The Fairfield Tennis Center has begun asbestos remediation on the teen center in preparation for demolition. The firm is buiding a new teen center and tennis offices. Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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Work is proceeding on a new tennis complex and teen center on Old Dam Road.

Recreation Director Gerald Lombardo told the Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday the contractor for the $2 million project is currently doing remediation of PCBs and asbestos in preparation for the one-story building's demolition.

Toxic PCBs found in window caulking and asbestos at the Beanery has slowed down the project, which had already been delayed for more than a year.

"It's moving along," Lombardo said. "They're waiting for the results from the testing."

He said the new complex, which will include a building for the teen center, offices for the tennis courts, and an additional tennis court, should be ready by the end of the summer.

The project's cost is being borne by Fairfield Indoor Tennis, and is part of the firm's 20-year lease with the town. FIT operates the tennis center during the winter months.

Originally, demolition was expected in October 2011, with the new complex opening in late May of 2012.

When the contamination was discovered, FIT asked the commission for $25,000 to help defray the remediation costs. That request was approved by a 6-1 vote, and the money was taken from the commission's revolving fund.

The town also plans to spend about $60,000 on special flooring for the Beanery and windows for the game room.

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