2005-11-17 / Top Stories

Community Center At BayView Won’t Open Until August, Says Administrator

By Dara Mormile

Community Center, above, is only halfway done, but will have a “different” look, says Housing Dept. administrator.                       Charles RogersCommunity Center, above, is only halfway done, but will have a “different” look, says Housing Dept. administrator. Charles Rogers A spokesman for the New York City Housing Authority said this week that the community center being built on Shore Road in the BayView Houses project won’t be open until next Aug-ust.

Forde Coppin, administrator for the project, reported to this month’s Bay-View Houses Tenants’ Association meet-ing, held last Tuesday, and updated residents on the progress of the project.

“Twenty three percent of the project is completed,” said Coppin. “The estimated $10 million project, which began last year, was initially set to be completed next May.”

According to Coppin, 90 days of construction were lost due to redesigning and postponing delivery of generators and steel. He also added that the facility is being built uniquely and the overall design of the building is not standard for a community center.

The center will have a gymnasium, auditorium, classrooms and labs for computers. Sylvia Whiteside, president of the tenants’ association, asked residents at the meeting to propose the kind of programs they want once the center opens.

Project Administrator Forde Coppin at BayView meeting
Project Administrator Forde Coppin at BayView meeting “If there’s something that you want, we have to start working on it now,” she said. “Fifty-nine percent of the services and programs will be for our residents but we also have to open the center to 41 percent of the community. Others can use the facilities for free,” she added, “but if an organization wants to use a room for a meeting, they will have to pay a rental fee of whatever has been decided upon.”

She said letters have been sent out to residents informing them of employ-ment and volunteer opportunities that will be available once the center opens.

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