'Shuffle' building project $633,000 over budget
Published 5:05 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The final numbers are in and the multi-million-dollar building "shuffle" project has come in $633,000 over budget, according to David Campbell, the chairman of the Board of Education Central Office/Mather Community Center Building Committee.
All the bills have been paid, Campbell told the Board of Selectmen on Monday, except for one that the town is fighting.
Campbell reported in April that the costs were set to exceed the budget by $500,000.
The $7 million building project was scheduled to conclude in October with the closing of the senior center on Edgerton Street and the opening of the community center in Town Hall, where the Board of Education was once located. The Board of Education offices are now at the old library building at 35 Leroy Ave.
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said in late March the project was slated to be $300,000 over budget, but Campbell said in April that figure would be higher.
A large portion of the extra money was spent to fix the heating and air conditioning and lighting at 35 Leroy Ave
Near the end of the Leroy Avenue building renovations, the original general contractor, Dappreio Construction, was not paying some subcontractors and it was showing signs of financial weakness. Dappreio eventually went out of business.
In April, Campbell said that the town was paying subcontractors twice "to get the jobs done" after Dappreio went out of business and had stopped paying workers. The town will not recoup the costs, Campbell said, because Dappreio has no money.
Additionally, it was anticipated that the town would receive a state reimbursement grant for purchasing the Leroy building from the private library association for the schools' administrative offices. However, the town will not receive the funds until the 2015 state budget cycle because the state lost paperwork that Gov. Dannel Malloy needed to sign, Campbell said.
The town is expected to receive more than $600,000 reimbursement from the state, Campbell said.
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