New Milford’s Pettibone school renovations cost $450,000 so far, mayor says
NEW MILFORD — About $450,000 and 2,000 man-hours have gone into turning the former John Pettibone School into a community center, Mayor Pete Bass told the Town Council recently.
The update was part of Bass’ initiative to review the present and potential uses for the building and the true cost of the renovation project undertaken by former Mayor David Gronbach. It also includes examining the maintenance costs for the building.
The John Pettibone Community Center opened in September, about two years after the building closed as a school. It houses the youth agency and the parks and recreation and social services departments. There are also rooms available for the community to rent, and the Community Culinary School of Northwest Connecticut plans to move in once the kitchen is renovated.
Council members had approved creation of an ad hoc committee to review the project last month and appointed its 24 members last week. The committee is due to report its findings and recommendations by July 23.
The cost of the renovations was a point of contention under Gronbach, who had promised to turn the school into a community center during the 2015 election campaign.
He initially told officials the renovations would cost about $200,000, but opponents cited an earlier study completed by the Board of Education that had given a figure in the millions.