Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Pendleton town officials want to know what the public thinks about a proposed community center.
Residents will have a couple of ways to air opinions on the center. First, a pair of public informational meetings will be held at the town hall on Campbell Boulevard. The first presentation is slated for 11 a.m. until noon Saturday, followed by another meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.
Second, for those unable to attend the public presentations but still want to comment, people may send or drop off written comments to the town clerk’s office, or email them directly to Councilman Edward P. Harman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reason is town officials want to know if they should continue with making plans concerning the community center, Harman said.
The idea of a community center was born when in 2010 the town’s senior citizens approached the Town Board about addressing their need for a lager meeting area for their growing organizations. Town officials agreed the space was needed.
Harman said the town had also looked into upgrading restrooms and a pavilion. There had been talk about expanding the town hall, but a community center would address those needs and provide a meeting area for the town’s various community organizations.
“The building would be utilized more,” Harman said.
The proposed, 5,000 square-foot center would be located in Pendleton Town Park. The estimated cost is about $2 million, but the project is only in a draft version, so that is probably a high estimate, Harman said.
The draft site plan shows the center with an access drive and additional parking. The building would have a large meeting room on its south side with a covered patio off the back, a smaller meeting room located in the front of the building and a small dining or meeting area in the northwest corner of the building. There would be a kitchen located between the large meeting area and the small dining or meeting area along with new, heated restroom facilities.
The center would allow the town to move its summer recreation program from the program’s current location at Starpoint schools to the park if it were necessary to do so, Harman said.
If it turns out the public is in favor of building the center, the next step would be to develop and design a final site plan. Town officials would also look at ways to fund the project, such as grants or possibly Niagara Greenway funding, Harman said.PROPOSED COMMUNITY CENTER INFO SESSIONS • From 11 a.m. until noon Saturday • From 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday • Both meetings will be held at Pendleton Town Hall, Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.