“Our Department of Community Programs has served generations of Summit residents in the original community center building since 1954,” explains Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “As the popularity of our programs continues to grow, there is an increasing need for a complete renovation and expansion of the community center. We are thrilled to be able to undertake this important project for the benefit of the entire community and hope that people join us at the open house to learn more about it.”
Improvements to the existing 8,000 square foot community center facility will proceed with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, and include an 11,600 square foot addition with an expanded senior lounge, full-sized gym, additional restrooms, enhanced meeting spaces, an area for teens, kitchen space, improved parking, and accessibility improvements.
The estimated cost for the community center building project is $6.5MM. The Department of Community Programs has led a successful fundraising effort for the project receiving more than $1.35MM from community partners such as Investors Bank and Celgene Corporation, and through donations from private citizens.
Radest continues: “Community volunteers Drew Maldonado, Jude Avelino, Regina Feeney, Jamie Colucci, and l led the effort for this important project. We are thankful for the incredible support from Summit citizens.”
At this time plans are being finalized and the project is expected to go out to bid at the end of May with a groundbreaking in late August / Early September however there is still time to be involved. If you would like to discuss how you can help please call our office at 908-277-2932 and ask for either Judith Josephs or Jamie Colucci.