Before construction begins, Lymes’ Senior Center renovation not on time or on budget

Officials are scrambling to come up with savings now that bids have come in more than a million dollars higher than original estimates for the $5.3 million senior center renovation project. The bids came from construction subcontractors vying to work under the Hartford-based Newfield Construction management firm, which was selected in October to manage the project. Old Lyme is responsible for 75% of the project cost, with Lyme accountable for the remainder. Baker said officials must figure out how to bring the costs down ― and secure funding for the remaining overage, if any ― before the current bids expire on May 6 in order not to have to start the bidding process over. That would mean the senior center could reopen by late February of next year if crews get in the building this May, she said.

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