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Community Center Building Committee Project Update – Memorial Day Weekend 2023

We hope this update finds you enjoying a restful and reflective holiday weekend, and look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow morning at the Town’s Memorial Day Observance at 9:45AM at the Pierce House!

The CCBC is working hard to merge our two different work streams together in the coming weeks!  We’ve been working on both building program and site planning simultaneously, and have presented initial concepts of both for pubic feedback throughout the month of May.  We will be soliciting additional feedback at our public meeting this Wednesday night (details below) in order to develop a series of potential building designs to be presented at our public forum on June 13. (Details below)

Program Analysis & Development
This coming Wednesday, May 31 (details below), ICON will be offering a refined version of our initial program need analysis, based requests for more detailed program attendance numbers.  As a reminder, their work so far has brought the building program down to 15,568 sqft (plus an additional 7,000 sqft of renovated space for LEAP and school maintenance.)  It represents an almost 8,000 sqft reduction from the 2018 building program, and is intended to serve as the “up to 75% cost” option.  Once established, we will then work our way down to the “up to 50% cost” option, and then potentially back up to a higher cost option.

Simultaneously, the CCBC has begun to revisit program and square footage statistics of neighboring programs to see how our work compares.  This work will assist us in in finding the “right-size” space to meet our program needs.  

Site Planning
ICON presented early site concepts to town staff from Police, Fire, DPW, Planning, Conservation, and the Facilities Dept. before sharing them at our public forum this past Tuesday night.  Revisions will be made based on feedback we’ve received, and this will inform the potential building designs presented at our June 13 public forum. (Details below) 

Community Engagement
We are excited to meet with the Historic District Commission and FoMA at the beginning of our Wednesday, May 31 public meeting, and are continuing to schedule sessions with other organizations such as the Green Energy Committee (who also has a liaison seat on the CCBC), Lincoln Youth Soccer, Bemis Lecture Series, the Lincoln Garden Club, and the Lincoln METCO program. All of our upcoming public meetings are listed below.

Satellite Programming
Part of our work will involve leveraging existing available town spaces.  Both PRD and COA have been using these spaces for years, and our Decentralized Programming Inventory is available on the CCBC website.  As we look to develop lower cost options, we will be exploring opportunities to lean more heavily on these satellite locations in order to manage the building program load.   

Wed May 31st – Public Meeting, 7:00pm in the Town Hall Donaldson Room or over Zoom to solicit additional public feedback on both the building program as well as the various site layouts.

Tue June 13th – Public Forum, 7:00pm in the Hartwell Multi Purpose Room or over Zoom to present draft building designs, and solicit feedback,  ICON will then spend the summer developing these designs further, so they’ll be ready for the next round of public review in the Fall. 

Wed June 14th – Public Meeting, 7:00pm in the Town Hall Donaldson Room or over Zoom to synthesize feedback with ICON and discuss any additional feedback opportunities before the summer. 

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