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RFP Issued for Multi-Purpose Beach Building

Town requests bids on new multi-purpose building for Town Beach.

The town has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to design and construct a new multi-purpose building at to replace the existing changing rooms. The project has been broken out from the larger Parks Renovation plan, with the funding to come from a .

The deadline to submit bids is 12 p.m. Friday, February 17.

After the bid process, if a design plan is chosen by the selection committee (made up of members of the Parks and Recreation and Municipal Building committees), the project will still have to garner voter approval at a town wide referendum.

“This time we’re doing it bid-bond-build,” Parks and Recreation Director Dennis DiPinto said, rather than getting voter approval for a non-specific project before putting it out to bid.

DiPinto said he hopes this method will allow for more creativity from the prospective candidates.

The size and scope of the proposed multi-purpose room in the was one of the major reasons detractors gave for . The building that has yet to take place, however in the RFP the design was left open.

The documents do lay out a number of guiding specifications (see attached), including requiring space for a concession stand, small staff room, storage space and a common room with a 50 person seating capacity. The RFP also requests a “maintenance free and aesthetically agreeable design.”

The — restoration of the beach seawall, renovation of Cadigan Park and Phase II of the — will likely come before the voters in a separate referendum this spring, DiPinto added.

Steven DeVaux January 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM
"common room with a 50 person seating capacity". Code words for a beach house perhaps? And what's wrong with the strong concrete block buildings there right now?
Peter NAPOLI January 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
more insanity
Melanie January 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The building is ugly and not easy accessible with stroller from beach. it would be nice to have a little snack shop with tables over looking lake on a patio of some sort. For such a nice lake this park could be so pretty. Right now it is ugly and not easy to get around with small children
Veronica Erdmann January 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM
a 50 person capacity is setting the scene to allow for building rentals. I think this is inappropriate use of the property especially in the light of limited parking availability and the danger in encouraging more road crossings for the use. The current usage level is adequate for the area and buildings should be upgraded for safety and accessibility only.
Scotty January 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Cadigan Park and the Town Beach are a mess, and need to be renovated. I am glad to see that the Brookfield Town Government is still working to create plans to accomplish this in a way that is acceptable to the voters. I applaud the folks at Town Hall for their creativity. Currently, the state of the facilities are pretty grim: The tennis courts are condemmed and unusable. The septic system failing and the existing restrooms are crumbling. The seawalll and beach are in poor condition. The ball fields are in poor condition despite the volunteer efforts of the Lacrosse Club and Youth Football Program to augment the Town's maintenance. Cadigan and the Town Beach are heavily used despite their poor condition. If the town is forced to close the park due to un-safe conditions, then what? As for the proposed building, if the rental income will offset some of the maintenace costs to the park, where is the harm in that? So, can we get sensible planning, multi-step, multi year votes on funding to make this happen? I hope so.
Concerned Brookfield Citizen January 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Somebody correct me if I am wrong but if we upgrade the current buildings, don't we have to bring them up to current code (something that they are nowhere near)? That is what I thought I heard in the previous discussions.
Victor Katz January 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Well said Scotty! I couldn't agree with you more.
Steven DeVaux January 25, 2012 at 01:17 AM
First it needs to be compliant with the current Americans with Disabilities Act and that's going to require a lot more than just a building. If they touch Cadigan Park, they have a huge amount of work and $$$ to do just to avoid a lawsuit from the justice department and believe me, there would be one.
Steven DeVaux January 25, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Ah yes, Bill Davidson, Board of Finance at the time has some interesting quotes about it in the Danbury Library Morgue...how it will stand the test of time and all. Yep. It's a harbinger of what's going to happen to the roads in 5-10 years. All looks for now and after he's gone....well...before he's even gone.
An_opinion January 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
It's obvious Scotty that you either have not had or no longer have children going through the Brookfield School System. That $750,000 would help the ailing bottom-line of the Education Budget for this town. Brookfield which used to have a high grade school system is now failing our children. Do you realize how many of our young adults get pushed though the school system only to hit BHS not being able to read at 5-6th grade level? We are failing the youth of our town. Address issues that will better the future not give us cleaner sand or nicer buildings at our town beach! How about charging high entrance fees to out-of-towners who use our beach and lake! A good look at that would surely raise enough money for our town beach to be self-sufficient. And with regards to Cadigan Field how about charging higher amounts to the use of our ball fields by out of town softball and soccer teams. The money needs to be put into education reform!
Victor Katz January 25, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Wilkmjw, I appreciate your concerns regarding the Brookfield Schools, however I must point out a few facts that are contrary to your opinion of our district: 1. Many students who graduate from Brookfield do exceptionally well in colleges. A perfect example is the most recent article right here on the Patch: http://brookfield.patch.com/articles/brookfield-college-students-make-deans-president-s-lists 2. Over 90% of our graduates attend post-secondary institutions. That's a pretty high rate. 3. In 2010, two independent reports sited BROOKFIELD SCHOOLS with strong efficiency and student achievement. UCONN Quarterly Review/ Winter- 2010: Brookfield Public Schools ranked as one of the 21 out of 119 districts in the state as fully efficient. Also, The Center for American Progress ranked Brookfield Public Schools as one of the TOP school districts in Connecticut relative to how much learning is produced for every dollar spent. 4. Most recently Brookfield Public School District was Placed on the College Board’s 2nd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement® Access and Student Performance. 367 School Districts Across the Nation Are Honored. 5. Our students in all grades continue to do really well in other aspects: Robotics, Music, Dance, Sports, competitions on state as well as national levels. I hope this brings some clarity.
Steven DeVaux January 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Brookfield kids graduating college now have a huge debt load, only 20% have full time jobs in their chosen profession and none can afford a house in Brookfield due to the tax burden. They can play on the swings but can't afford to get married and raise a family, they can go to the beach (provided they can scrap together a beach pass), they can hike the Gurski Farm trails, Bike the Still River since they can't buy a car on credit but they can't walk on a single sidewalk at Four Corners despite a $250,000 grant.
citizenB January 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I dont think refurbishing a crumbling town park will prevent our children from have college loans, or find them jobs. Refurbishing this area including a new building should be done for the children and families that call brookfield home ( and I have 4 of them) as well as families considering moving here. It is an embarrassment in the condition its in and while residents bemoan every penny spent on keeping anything in this town in good condition, folks like myself, are taking their kids to surrounding towns to enjoy their outdoor spaces and downtown areas.
John Hawley January 27, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Where do you get this statistic, Steve?
Steven DeVaux January 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I'm sure the folks in other towns will appreciate Brookfield's Kid's Kingdom once it's complete and flock to town hall. They did for the senior center. The question now is why the Board of Education refuses to apply for the Open Choice grant which is the essence in the spirit of unity and cooperation with other towns. After all, Brookfield is an INclusive town, not an EXclusive town, right?
John Hawley January 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Well, Steve, read below:: How does the Open Choice program operate? The Open Choice program allows urban students to attend public schools in nearby suburban towns. It also allows suburban and rural students to attend public schools in a nearby urban center. Enrollments are offered by school districts on a space-available basis. Lotteries are used to place students when there are more applicants than spaces available. The program includes Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and their surrounding school districts. Your blatant attempt to paint our School Board as racist is a new low for even you.

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