Town holding Penfield Pavilion public meeting

The town of Fairfield is holding a public meeting on future plans for Penfield Pavilion at the Fairfield Ludlowe High School auditorium on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.

Town officials and design consultants will make a presentation on alternatives being considered for the repair of Penfield Pavilion. Public comment will follow.

Following extensive damage to the Pavilion last October from Storm Sandy, the town hired a design team, led by Jose-Miguel Albaine P.E., to evaluate the damages and begin to consider how to repair the facility. Also working with Albaine’s team is geotechnical engineer firm Heller & Johnson to evaluate the soil aspects of the project, coastal engineer firm Roberge Associates to evaluate the potential storm conditions and wave actions to the site and the building and Peter Cummings Inc., which is involved in the construction methods and estimating.

This team will present three design options at the upcoming meeting: Repair the structure with the same current footprint at the same elevation, repair the structure and raise the elevation above the new FEMA flood elevations or repair the structure, raise the elevation above the new FEMA flood elevations and relocate the facility to the north by approximately 80 feet.

While Penfield Beach is open to the public, the pavilion remains closed. Once a course of action for the building is decided upon, the town will begin the final design process.

“It is important that our Town holds this meeting to get the public’s input on repairing one of Fairfield’s most treasured landmarks,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said. “The town wants to ensure that the new pavilion will withstand severe weather and continue to be part of our community for generations to come.”

“Penfield Pavilion is a very important and visible facility along the Fairfield shoreline,” said Joseph Michelangelo, Fairfield Department of Public Works director. “The process to determine the future of this facility will be a well vetted public process that will come before many town boards. The purpose of this meeting is to receive public input at this early conceptual design stage.”

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