UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Officials hope for start on delayed tennis, teen complex

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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. READ MORE:

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