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Community Center Building Committee Project Update – June 11, 2023

Options are coming together!  The image above is just one of three potential site plans… 

Program Analysis & Development
At our public meeting this past Wednesday, June 7, the CCBC voted to approve the updated program need analysis that was presented on May 31, for preliminary cost modeling.  We expect to see early project costs at our public forum this coming Tuesday. (Details below)

To date, ICON has developed a “needs-based” program that represents a 10,000 sqft reduction from the 2018 program, which was “needs & wants-based.”  With last week’s vote, they are now cost modeling this program to determine which of the 3 required options (up to 100%, up to 75%, up to 50%) this program represents, and will also propose strategies to fulfill the remaining two options.  CCBC’s goal is to approve these strategies – along with associated site plans – in the coming weeks, so ICON can spend the summer months designing concepts for public review next September.

TheCCBC is also working to review program and square footage statistics of neighboring community facilities to see how our work compares.  This will take some time, as these facilities often differ in terms of services, location, and funding, but this will ultimately assist us in in finding the “right-size” space to meet our program needs.  

Site Planning
Based on feedback from our May 31 public meeting, we’ve updated our site plans and will be using these plans to present potential building design, site concepts and costs at our June 13 public forum. (Details below)

Community Engagement
We have 2 public sessions this week (details below) These sessions will focus on cost modeling our building designs and site concepts so ICON can spend the summer months furthering these concepts for public feedback next fall.  Our fall meeting/forum schedule is not set yet, other than two important dates: State of the Town/Community Charrette on Saturday, September 30, 2023, and Special Town Meeting on Saturday, December 2.  All our upcoming June 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 to manage the building program load.   

Tue June 13th – Public Forum, 7:00pm in the Hartwell Multi-Purpose Room or over Zoom to present cost models for draft building designs and site plans.  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 work needed before the summer. 

Wed June 28 – Public Meeting (TBD), if necessary!

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