New London council to vote on $30 million community recreation center at Fort Trumbull

With new information in hand that depicts a project that is not only feasible but financially sustainable, the City Council on Monday is poised for a vote on the $30 million cost to build the center with 265 parking spaces at Fort Trumbull. The analysis by Brailsford & Dunlavey, however, shows Fort Trumbull, which is owned by the city, is not only the cheapest option but the easiest to develop because of existing infrastructure and the minimal site work needed. If all approvals fall into place as projected, the project could be completed by the end of 2023 or in early 2024. Finance Director David McBride said the city will pay an average of $2.1 million per year over the course of 20 years to pay for the project. The impact on taxpayers, he said, will be minimal when taking into consideration the expected continued growth of the city’s grand list and conservative estimates on new taxes being generated by development projects in the pipeline.

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