Proposed Community Center - Timeline
Should the residents of Irondequoit approve this project in July, the Town would immediately begin selecting an architectural firm for final design, as well as a Construction manager. Under a rigorous timeframe, the Town would commence construction in January 2020 and open for business in late 2020.
September 2017: Supervisor Seeley and the Town Board make a public announcement of offer made by the owner of the former Irondequoit Mall (now Skyview on the Ridge) to donate space for the Town to build out a community recreation center.
November 1, 2017: Supervisor Seeley announces a community planning process, including appointing a Community Center Advisory Committee, made up of five residents, as well as key town staff.
November 30, 2017: The Town hosts the first public meeting at the Public Library to garner feedback about what residents’ opinion on what such a facility should incorporate. 125 residents attend.
December 2017 – February 2018: Nearly 1300 Town residents respond to an online survey to allow for feedback about various options for a center
January 2018: The Town’s consultant, Labella Associates, hosts a series of focus groups of community members, centering on: amenities, technology, accessibility and programming.
January 2018: The Town Board contracts with Ballard King Associates to conduct a feasibility study and market analysis to access various operating models for such a facility, as well as the possible revenue generation. The goal of this is to determine: 1) a preferred operating model; 2) an estimate of cost recovery; 3) key amenities based on the public information process
February 28, 2018: The Town, with its consultant LaBella Associates, hosts its second public meeting at Bishop Kearney High School to discuss the initial results of the Public Engagement process. Meeting attendees also receive initial results of the Ballard King marketing and feasibility study.
March 20, 2018: Darrin Barr from Ballard King presents the final Feasibility study to the Town Board at its public monthly meeting
June 2018: The Town next begins the complex process of determining the best legal and financial model to engage the building owner, while protecting the Town’s interests. The Town determines that further design and planning should
December 2018: The Town Board authorizes the execution of a lease agreement, with annual base rent of $1. Included in the lease agreement is a plan to move forward with a schematic design to finalize the project design and cost
January – April 2019: The Town works with Dal Pos Architects, LLC to create a schematic design for both the interior and exterior of the facility. This provides the Town with an understanding of what can be built where, and how much it will cost.
May 21, 2019: The Town Board will set a public referendum for July 30, 2019 for the proposed community center. The voters will be asked to decide if the Town should borrow $7.25 million to finance the facility, and permit using $2.25 million in fund balance.