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Summit Meeting to Consider Community Center Improvements

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The Summit Department of Community Programs has studied the possibility of expansion of the Summit Community Center located at 100 Morris Avenue. The study was conducted over the past two years with The Rosen Group of Summit, NJ. The Summit Community Center, formerly known as the Summit Recreation Center has served the community since 1954. Built as a Recreation Center, the building serves as the offices of the Department of Community Programs with recreation programs for children, teens, senior citizens, adults and families. It is also the main location for recreation programs that serve children with special needs through the TryCAN program.

The culmination of this two year study will be complete with this final meeting for the Presentation of Findings and Recommendations. Through the series of public meetings, multiple scenarios were flushed out for functionality and cost effectiveness. Each of the scenarios considered came from public input in the process. The basketball community came out in support of the project as long as improvements were to be made to the central focus, the gymnasium. Three basic scenarios have risen to the top of the list and will be explained at this public forum. Residents are invited to attend on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Summit Community Center at 100 Morris Avenue.

With the exception of minor improvements over the years, the gymnasium remains very much like the one that many Summit residents have grown up using. Since 2007, the need for expansion and improvements to the facility have been the focus, in particular of the Summit Seniors organization. They provided the driving force in this study. At the same time, organizational changes to the former Board of Recreation to the Department of Community Programs and an increased focus on service delivery to all ages in the community, the facility has become too small to accommodate the demands of the community. There is also serious need for improvements to the HVAC system, roof, windows and other infrastructure aspects of the building. The small gymnasium is undersized and has serious safety issues with the finish materials used from the original 1950’s design.

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The original proposal called for improvements to the Center including the gym, meeting rooms, a senior lounge, a youth lounge, HVAC and energy improvements as well as parking and accessibility for this great public asset. The three scenarios to be further explored range from a 3 million dollar addition to a possible two phase program of improvements in the five to seven million dollar range.

Residents with questions are welcome to attend the meeting and see the possible plans for the future of the Summit Community Center.

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