Mayor Nora Radest and virtually the entire Summit Common Council -- Council President Mike McTernan, Robert Rubino, Patrick Hurley, David Naidu, Mary Ogden, and Steve Bowman -- get their hands dirty by turning over the first shovel of earth signifying the onset of construction for the renovated and expanded Summit Community Center.

The 12-14 months-long project will see nearly 16,000 square-feet of space added to the facility at 100 Morris Avenue, and include a new full-size gymnasium, senior lounge, additional restrooms, enhanced meeting spaces, an area for teens, kitchen space, improved parking, and accessibility improvements.

The upgrade to the Summit Community Center, originally approved by the Summit Common Council at a cost of $5.61 million, is now expected to cost $6.5 million, with $1.483 million having been raised privately to date. Upon unanimously approving the project to move forward in April of 2014, Council stipulated that a maximum of $4.5 million of City funds be applied the project's cost.

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