SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Community Center renovation and expansion project has unveiled the designs for the dramatically improved and expanded facility located at 100 Morris Avenue. It also announced that the Investors Bank has become its Founding Corporate Partner via a $250,000 commitment.
 
The news marks the beginning of a fundraising effort, which also includes the launch of a dedicated project website, and the posting of construction plans at various city property locations. This Fall, a grass roots citizen fundraising component will be launched with an online donation site.
 
In April of 2014, the Summit Common Council unanimously approved a plan that will add an estimated 11,600 square feet of new space -- and renovate about 8,000 square feet of existing space -- with a price tag of $5.61 million, on the condition that a maximum of $4.5 million of City funds would be used for the project, and the remainder would be raised through partnerships of private and public entities.
 
 
Speaking at the meeting where the plan was approved, Council Finance chairman Mike McTernan, the father of children who have made extensive use of the center over the years, said, “You would have to be blind not to see that the recreation center needs a complete overhaul.”
 
The Public-Private Partnership and Fundraising effort, co-chaired by Drew Maldonado and Jude Avelino, hopes to exceed the $1 million-plus dollars necessary to ensure that the facility is furnished and completed at a level that will serve the City of Summit for generations to come.

The Community Center has served the residents of Summit well since 1954. “The proposed renovation and expansion of this community treasure will serve to enhance the programs and services offered, and truly make it the place where community thrives,” said Maldonado.

The project will expand the existing space by adding on a new full-size gymnasium, as well as restrooms, meeting spaces, a senior lounge, teen area, kitchen and more. Improvements will also be made to the current facility’s existing space. Parking, HVAC, and accessibility improvements are a large part of the project, with sustainability and energy efficiency at its core.  

“From children with special needs to our valued Senior Citizens, families, and athletes; all will have a sense of ownership and pride in the new Community Center," said Avelino.
 
Parties interested in corporate partnership opportunities are directed to contact Judith Leblein Josephs, Director of Community Programs, at 908-277-2932 or jljosephs@cityofsummit.org.