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At their meeting Tuesday, the Newtown Public Buildings and Site Commission has received an update on the planned Community Center and the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project.


Representatives from the Commission on Aging, Parks and Recreation, town department heads are meting every two weeks now about the project, which will be completed in phases.  At the Tuesday meeting, it was said that Requests for Qualifications and Proposals is the next step to find architect and construction firms.  GE has more than 150 employees who live in Newtown and the company made a $10 million donation to fill a need that exists in Newtown for a community center. 


The Town’s goal is to have design and construction complete in 2016. 


A feasibility study will determine if the community center can be added to the Fairfield Hill Campus. The original plan for the community center located the facility on the site of the former Litchfield hall/Yale Lab buildings.


The Commission accepted an invoice totalling little more than $207,000 from the architects for work so far on a new school.  Site plan documents are now with the Land Use department.  One member of the Commission asked that they review the scope of the project. 


The Commission's July 8th meeting will likely be about approval of the final construction package for Phase 3, Site Development.  It will be the only item on their agenda.  The Inland Wetlands Committee and Planning and Zoning will also be approached for approval later next month.

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