August 5, 2010


City to seek bids on Beaudry building

Construction on new $230,000 structure expected to begin in late Sept. or early Oct.

BuildingPhoto provided by John McNerney
An artist’s rendering of a new 2,040-square-foot building the city will build in Beaudry Park.

Staff Reporter

The city is preparing to take bids for a new building in Beaudry Park that could be completed by next spring or summer.
The Cortland Youth Bureau plans to replace an aging recreation building in the park with a new 2,040-square-foot building. It will be a wooden structure with a metal roof, said Ken Teter, an engineer hired for the project.
The Beaudry Park Community Recreation Building, a former logging hut used to support the Depression-era back-to-work effort in Virgil, is antiquated and has been subject to City Code violations. Its problems include damage to the doors, windows, roof, insulation, siding, entrance ramp and heating system.
John McNerney, director of the Cortland Youth Bureau, said he expects construction on the new building to start in late September of early October. He said the project has been on a list made 10 years ago containing five projects the Youth Bureau wanted to complete.
It will cost $230,000 to $235,000 to construct the building, Teter said.
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Ithaca) secured a $150,000 member item for the project in February 2009, McNerney said.
The Youth Bureau will supplement the state funding with a $50,000 donation from the Ted Fenstermacher Estate, $50,000 in unspent city bond funds from 2002 and a $17,500 donation from Jerry Contento to demolish and remove the old building.
McNerney said the city will spend the money for each step of the project, and the state will reimburse the city.
McNerney said no money from the Youth Bureau’s 2010 operating budget will be spent on the project. He said the Department of Public Works employees will assist with some tasks, such as electrical work and possibly realigning the sidewalk near the new building.
Alderman Brian Tobin (D-4th Ward) recently asked McNerney if the $150,000 in state funding could be used for the repairs the city needs to make on Wickwire Pool, rather than using it to construct the building.
McNerney has estimated that it will cost $800,000 to $900,000 to renovate the pool, which was built in 1945.
McNerney said at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting that he spoke to an employee of the state Dormitory Authority who told him the city would have to start the process of seeking the funding over again to use it for a different purpose, which could make it difficult to secure funding again.
McNerney said the project planners want to centralize the building in the park by constructing it close to the parking lot and closer to the athletic fields than the existing building. It will also allow an employee to watch people sledding on the hills on weekends and after school during the winter, he said.
McNerney said community groups and families seeking a location for winter birthday parties will be able to rent the new building. It will have a kitchenette with a window that will allow employees to serve food and drinks to the public during events, he said.


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