PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway residents and visitors can now look forward to swimming laps, shooting hoops and showing their creativity in a central gathering space as plans are under way to build a new community center in town.

Piscataway officials announced on Monday that construction is expected to begin at the end of the year on a center that will include three swimming pools, a regulation-sized basketball court and overhead running track, a state of the art fitness center and dance and art studios. 

There will also be a youth activity room, a cafe and enough meeting space for large groups.

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“We are very excited that our anticipation is now becoming a reality,” Mayor Brian Wahler said in a news release. “Piscataway prides itself on having a wide array of recreation opportunities and this community center will certainly be the crown jewel of our township.”

Projected to open in the summer of 2020, the Piscataway Community Center will be built on the site of the former township pool complex along Hoes Lane between Buena Vista Ave. and Park Ave., across from the Kennedy Library, said township officials.

They said construction on the new community center has been delayed for so long because years of economic downturns would have impacted the local tax rate if it was started sooner. 

“But with more companies locating in the township and adding to the tax base, the township is able to construct the community center and lower the tax rate by twelve percent,” said officials, adding that they also had to wait for the state to finish the Route 18 extension project, including infrastructure improvements along Hoes Lane. 

Township officials said since the new community center is considered a priority project, architectural and construction management firms were already hired to draft building plans and complete the pre-construction process. Bid requests for general contractors should begin in September.

“This is a large and worthwhile investment for all of Piscataway’s families made through the wise handling of residents’ tax dollars and boosted by the economic development of our township,” said Wahler.  “I am delighted to move forward on this valued project that benefits everyone.”

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