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Tuesday, October 17 News

Penfield Pavilion is back in place

FAIRFIELD — It may not have looked like it was moving, but Penfield Pavilion was rolled back from its temporary home in the parking lot onto a new, improved foundation Tuesday morning.

The pavilion, shuttered since being hit by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, was moved into the parking lot several months ago while pilings were driven for the new foundation. The building, which has also been elevated, will be connected to a rebuilt east locker wing by a breezeway, according to Jim Bradley, chairman of the building committee.

The $7.4 million project, offset by reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and an insurance settlement, is about three weeks ahead of schedule, and, at this point, on budget.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by next January, and Recreation Director Gerald Lombardo recently told the Board of Selectmen that they have already received reservations for the facility.

Open year round, Lombardo said people will also now be able to book a rental more than a year in advance. He said the change was made because these days people are taking more than one year to plan a wedding.

greilly@ctpost.com; @GreillyPost

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