Now that a design proposal has been presented by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission to Newtown officials, it's going to come down to the numbers. First Selectman Dan Rosenthal says they need to engage with design firm SWA to go through the drawings to get construction specs.
If the cost is too significant, they might have to scale it down. Rosenthal says while beautiful, it does lend itself to scaling back some of the other elements. He does not envision having to adjust the central element, key to the whole design, of the reflection pool and sycamore tree.
Rosenthal noted that there have been offers made over the years of donated services and materials. When officials asked about building the project in phases, they were cautioned against having construction occurring while the memorial is open.