The long-delayed $2 million tennis complex and teen center on Old Dam Road is nearing completion.
The project's cost is being borne by Fairfield Indoor Tennis, part of the firm's 20-year lease with town. FIT operates the tennis "bubble" during the winter months, and the seasonal bubble covering the five courts has been removed for warm-weather play.
The new 16,284-square-foot complex includes a new teen center, an additional tennis court and offices for the tennis facilities. According to Recreation Director Gerald Lombardo, the additional tennis court will be built during the summer.
At a recent Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Lombardo told the panel that officials hope to have a temporary certificate of occupancy this month, and added this week that is to have the Beanery teen center up and running in September. The center hosts activities for teens Friday nights during the school year.
The new complex was originally expected to be open in late May 2012. But the discovery of toxic PCBs in the window caulking and asbestos in the Beanery delayed demolition of the structure. In August 2012, the commission agreed to take $25,000 from its revolving fund to help defray the cost of removing the PCBs and asbestos.
The remediation work was not done until 2013.
The agreement with FIT also called for the town to spend about $60,000 on special flooring for the Beanery and windows for the game room.
The new, larger teen center is expected to provide additional space for some activities that currently use the conference room at the Eunice Postol Recreation Center on Mill Plain Road, as well as programs like fitness classes. The old Beanery building was 9,696-square-feet.
The design includes a revamped parking lot and traffic circulation pattern, and rain gardens to collect water runoff.
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