SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Department of Community Programs will host a open house and information session pertaining to the Summit Community Center (SCC) renovation project Thursday, March 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at SCC, located at 100 Morris Ave.

At the event. the public will have the opportunity to review building plans and the proposed construction schedule for the project, new community center project.

Director of Community Programs Judith Josephs will provide information on how construction will impact recreation programs. City engineer Aaron Schrager and architect Tom Potter will be available to answer technical questions on the project as well.

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The estimated cost for the community center renovation project, originally estimated at $5.7 million, is now projected at $6.5 million. The Department of Community Programs has led a fundraising effort that -- through corporate support from partners such as Investors Bank and Celgene as well as private individual donations -- has generated $1.35 million.

“Our Department of Community Programs has served generations of Summit residents in the original community center building since 1954,” explains Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “As the popularity of our programs continues to grow, there is an increasing need for a complete renovation and expansion of the community center. We are thrilled to be able to undertake this important project for the benefit of the entire community and hope that people join us at the open house to learn more about it.”

Improvements to the existing 8,000 square foot community center facility will proceed with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, and include an 11,600 square-foot addition with an expanded senior lounge, full-sized gym, additional restrooms, enhanced meeting spaces, an area for teens, kitchen space, improved parking, and accessibility improvements.

For more information about the event or the community center renovation, visit summitcommunityprograms.com.