Cost of Penfield project on the rise
The next phase of reconstructing Penfield Pavilion I will cost more than expected, the Board of Selectmen learned Wednesday.
Right now, it looks like the price tag will be close to $3.6 million for the building's west wing, but the committee will seek bids on the project before requesting money for the job.
"That's exceeded, I know, what the Board of Selectmen were looking for," said James Gallagher, chairman of the building committee overseeing the upgrades to the 100-year-old building.
Gallagher said the initial estimate of $3.2 million for the project was based solely on square-footage costs. Not included were things like parking lot lighting, erosion control, demolition costs, security fencing and foundation work. A new electrical service is also required.
"That estimate did not include all the work that needs to be done," he said. "We've worked diligently to try and stay in the confines of the $3.2 million, but in all honesty, we just can't do it."
Planners say they have realized some savings because much of the labor will be done by Department of Public Works crews.
Penfield I, the larger and older of the two pavilions at Penfield Beach, is a gem, Gallagher said, and it should be rebuilt and not simply repaired.
The east wing of the structure has already been completed and includes new lockers, access for people with disabilities, and a much larger deck area. The west wing now houses the concession stand, a kitchen and first-aid station.
"The creep in the cost is my concern," First Selectman Kenneth Flatto said when he learned about the higher price tag.
Flatto said plans call for a bigger deck area on the west side, and thought perhaps that savings could be realized by making that feature smaller. "We're all trying to come up thoughts," he said. "This has been an amazing amenity for the town."
"The bids may come in significantly lower," a hopeful Gallagher told the selectmen.
The town has received a $200,000 state grant for the project. It will likely be September by the time the project makes it through the town approval process for funding, Gallagher said.