Newtown residents have approved funding for a community center. The vote was 1,628 in favor of the plan for the Fairfield Hills campus, with a 1,205 count of No votes. Turnout was about 16-percent.
A proposal must now be drawn up to send the project out to bid. The proposal calls for a programmable space of approximately 13,000 square foot. The aquatics center would have a zero-entry pool and an 8-lane, 50 meter pool.
$10 million donated by GE coupled with $5 million in bond money will build the center. An additional $5 million from GE will be used to run the facility for at least five years.