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Scarsdale Trustees OK $0.5M In Extra Building Costs

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale Village Trustees unanimously approved payments totaling just over $0.5 million Tuesday night for changes made in work contracts for the new public safety building. Work on the building, which is expected to open next week, is a year behind schedule.

Changes were made in virtually every area of construction, from structural matters to plumbing, electric and telecommunications. Combined with previous contract adjustments, the changes added more than $2.3 million to what was a $13 million project.

Each of the seven resolutions approved Tuesday night included language about unforeseen site conditions and unknown existing building structural systems/deficiencies.

“There was no way of knowing about the things they encountered until they started tearing the old building apart,” said John Goowin, assistant village administrator.

The renovations added 10,000 square feet to the former 17,500-square-foot building. It was the first major work done on the structure since 1952. Construction began in May 2009 and was expected to take 18 months.

The dispatch unit, which had been housed in a temporary building across Fenimore Road and corner of Tomkins Street, has already moved into its new quarters. Final work on the rest of the building is expected to be completed by Oct. 19, according to Scarsdale Village documents.

In other business, the trustees:

  • Approved a Uniformed Firefighters Association fundraiser for the American Cancer Society-Westchester Region scheduled for 6 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the train station
  • Approved  a resolution for a $17,662 agreement with South East Consortium for special services, a not-for-profit corporation that provides therapeutic recreation services to residents with physical, developmental, learning and emotional disabilities
  • Accepted a gift of a bench in memory of Anthony “Tony” J. McGee, owner of Scarsdale Hardware, who died in October 2009, from his children and the chamber of commerce
  • Accepted a gift of $20,800 from Fenway Golf Club to purchase an I-record system to video record police interrogations, and for five sets of protective clothing/turnout gear for the fire department

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