FAIRFIELD — Inch by inch, Penfield Pavilion was slowly moved into its Fairfield Beach Road parking lot under a cloudy, rainy sky last Tuesday morning, paving the way to repair and rebuild the storm-battered structure to begin in earnest.

The pavilion has been closed since it was undermined by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The $7.4 million project to reopen the pavilion included demolition of the east wing that houses lockers. The west wing of lockers, meanwhile, was raised and reinforced before being moved into the parking lot, where it will sit while a new foundation is installed. The building will then be moved back onto that new foundation and a new, smaller locker wing built

The construction is expected to be completed by December, and officials hope the repaired pavilion will be ready for use by next January.

The $7.4 million price tag is offset by 75 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement, a $1.75 million insurance settlement, a $500,000 state grant and $1.4 million in town money.