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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 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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