Officials hope for start on delayed tennis, teen complex
Work on the town's new teen center and tennis complex on Old Dam Road -- delayed for more than a year -- may finally move forward.
The $2 million project, which is supposed to be financed by Fairfield Indoor Tennis, calls for removing the existing one-story building that houses the Beanery teen center, as well as an office and seating area next to the tennis center.
A new building would be constructed to house both the Beanery and offices for the tennis courts.
The discovery of toxic PCBs in window caulking and asbestos at the Beanery prompted FIT to ask for $25,000 from the Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission agreed in August to take $25,000 from its revolving fund to help defray the cost of removing PCBs and asbestos. The vote was 6-1, with Patti Dyer voting no. Dyer said she wanted a guarantee in writing that the town would not provide additional funding, nor was she pleased that work still had not started.
According to Recreation Director Gerald Lombardo, the town will not provide any more funding for the project, though he said he is still waiting to hear from FIT as to when work will get under way. A call to Jeff Gocke, with FIT, was not returned.
FIT has a 20-year lease with the town, and part of that agreement includes construction of the new $2 million building. The town plans to spend about $60,000 on special flooring for the Beanery and windows for the game room.
Minutes from the June 15, 2011, Parks and Recreation Commission meeting state that a late May 2012 opening was anticipated, and the October, 19, 2011, minutes noted that demolition was then anticipated within the next month. Almost a year later, however, the existing building has not been demolished.
At last month's meeting, Lombardo reported that FIT is still waiting for prices on remediation of the toxins, and hoped to start work this month.
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