Foundations laid for long-awaited New London community center

After months of site preparation, the footprint of the city’s $40 million community center took shape Monday morning as crews poured tons of concrete to create the floors of the facility’s programming and gym spaces. The day’s action was largely centered on the southern portions of the 58,000-square-foot center, which will include the gym, recreation office and classroom spaces, a community lounge and a kitchen. Several feet away, more jets of concrete encased water pipes laid into a deep pit that will eventually become the pool. Work at the site began in July, six months after the original start date. City officials said the delay was largely due to waiting for state permits, which required crews to conduct site exploration and clearing work during the winter. City Office of Planning and Development Director Felix Reyes said the project is still set for a summer 2025 opening and is within budget. He said the site prep work at the former Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory property proved challenging.

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