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Second phase of Waddington arena project underway

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WADDINGTON – Village trustees will request funds from the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency to continue the Donald M. Martin Civic Center construction project.

The village was awarded a $160,000 River Agency community development and environmental improvement grant in 2011 for the three-phase project.

As part of first phase, the village used $70,272 of its funding to replace the arena’s leaking roof. The project was completed last year.

To begin the other second and third portions of the project, an engineering study of the building and its improvements must be made, Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada said Monday.

The study will cost $14,000, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said.

The village hopes to apply for a percentage of the cost of the study through the River Agency. The remaining portion will be paid by the village.

“We have to take a look at this year’s budget,” she said. “We may not get for this going until 2014.”

The engineering study will assess how priority improvement projects will be carried out. Potential areas for improvement include refurbishing the entrance way, installing acoustics, outside paneling, new lighting and a new kitchen, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said.

A committee, headed by Craig Bogart and William E. Dashnaw, will prioritize the projects and develop a timeline for construction. Mr. Dashnaw said he hoped to begin construction in the spring.

“We need to get estimates on the various upgrades that we want to make first,” Mr. Dashnaw said. “Then we have to choose which improvements we actually have to make. We’ll have to have several meetings to narrow that down and find out what we have money for and what we want to do. The original grant money is sitting there and still available to us. We need to get going on the engineering.”

Once the project is completed, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said, she hopes the arena will become a center for live performances and other high-profile events.

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