The Riverfront Boathouse Building Committee held its monthly meeting yesterday evening, to review progress on the design of a large banquet and rowing facility on the River at Harbor Park.
The design and engineering work is being done by Architectural Resources Cambridge of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Tighe & Bond, with offices in Connecticut. They presented their current plans to the building committee, which is chaired by Councilman Gerry Daley.
The building will house Wesleyan and Middletown High Crew, replacing each of the current buildings that these teams use. It would also feature a large rowing tank, which the building committee hopes will be rented by multiple teams, to practice in the winter. The top floor will be a banquet facility capable of seating over 300 people, to be rented out for large gatherings.
The team is on track to provide a design around the end of the year, and cost estimates a month or so after that. Daley indicated that he hoped that the Common Council would review these, and vote to support a bond referendum to finance the construction. This vote on this might take place in May.
The Building Committee was told that no cost estimates would be available until the design was further completed.
The design and engineering team also said that this building could not be built until the State Department of Transportation changes the Route 9 on-ramp at Harbor Park.
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