The Crystal Lagoon, located in Byram, Connecticut, will be the world’s largest outdoor pool, stretching more than half of a mile and filled with 66 million gallons of water.
Reader Balzac writes, in high dudgeon:
The project is planned to cost the town $9.5 million, of which the Junior League plans to raise and contribute $2.5 million, reducing the cost to $7.0 million. The $9.5 million is on page 234 of:
Any talk of $14-28 million is nonsense.
Response: The latest cost estimate for the new pool is $11.4 million, as reported on February 12, 2015 (the link to this article was included in the original post; feel free to read it, this time, Balzac). By the way, “plans to” ? Wanna buy a bridge in Brooklyn?
The project, estimated to be in the $7.5 million range last year, is slated to cost $11.4 million in the proposed municipal budget First Selectman Peter Tesei has submitted for next fiscal year.
Numbers are estimates, and the project is only 30 percent of the way through the design phase. He said he was hopeful that phase would be completed by June allowing for better information.
“People hang onto the estimates like it’s the final number of what a project is going to cost but this is why we still have go to out to bid,” Monelli said.
There have been cases in which an estimate was set and the project came in for less once the bidding was done, he said, pointing to the ongoing Central Fire Station construction as an example. [In fact, it didn’t; see below. Ed]
“This is an estimate and I am sure the numbers are going to change but I can’t tell you when,” Monelli said.
Spending on such enduring and useful infrastructure is a valid choice, unlike spending $3-5 million annually forever on a money-losing nursing home, the only one in the state owned by a municipality.
Response: What’s enduring about any structure, let alone a swimming pool? Have you visited the Eastern Civic Center lately? Eastern Middle School? (the former) Hamilton Avenue school?
This pool will add to, not subtract from property values in town.
Response: Explain how a municipal pool, so situated that it will be used exclusively by our poorest, non-property-owning residents, will increase property values for Greenwich taxpayers, and please include in your answer any studies that support your claim.
And there are no pensions involved.
Response: Is it really intended to staff this entire complex with volunteers and part-time workers, or hire independent contractors? While any of those options would be preferable to adding workers to the town payroll, they all seem unlikely.
Or are you folks on the BET planning to eliminate all town workers’ pensions? If so, bravo!
Revisiting your claim that “any talk of $14-$28 million is nonsense”, I submit the following:
Hamilton Avenue School: cost estimated at $22-$24 million, 18 month construction time. Actual cost, $31 million, 3-year construction time, 7 years subsequent litigation (we lost, and paid an additional $1.4 million in 2014).
Greenwich High School Music hall: Original estimate: $17 million. Actual cost: $46.1 million.
Greenwich Police Station: Original estimate $33 million. Final cost: $44 million.
Greenwich Fire House: Original cost estimate: $16 million. Final cost: $22 million.
(Note that the official numbers for the fire house and the police stations don’t add up to the admitted final cost for the two buildings, $75,487,100 – we’re missing $9,847,100 – where’d that go?)
We’re drowning in debt, and our elected fiscal watchdogs not only want to add a swimming pool, they won’t even admit what they’re doing. I repeat: they’re either incompetent, pussy-whipped, or both.
Junior League model shows off its proposal for” “Byram Pool II, The Addition”