How would a new community recreation center in Montgomeryville fit you? Do you prefer small, medium or large?
According to Dan Sokil of The Reporter, Montgomery Township Supervisors are mulling over those three sizes as it compares to options for the future community center at a 13-acre parcel at Stump and Horsham roads.
None of the options call for a library, which was one of the top-desired amenities requested by residents at a prior public meeting.
Along with supervisors and township staff, the brain trust figuring out the purposes and amenities of the center are Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site and Ballard*King and Associates Ltd. Recreation Facility Planning.
Last week, the two firms met with supervisors at an evening public meeting to discuss the future shape and cost of the facility, according to the article.
The two firms also talked about what could be there through the wishes and requests culled during a prior public information-gathering session.
A final proposal is expected to be presented in October.
According to the article, there are three options under development:
- A 31,000-square-foot facility with an 8,700-square-foot gym that includes one full-sized basketball court, a running track, weight room, studio/activity spaces and an office.
- A 41,000-square-foot facility with a 12,000-square-foot gym that includes two full-sized basketball courts and the above amenities with increased square footage for each.
- A 65,000-square-foot facility, with a 12,000-square-foot gym, all above amenities, and a 17,000-square-foot indoor artificial turf for soccer and lacrosse.
Kimmel Bogrette principal Martin Kimmel was quoted as such in The Reporter:
A lot of things stack, and a lot of them don’t. The gyms don’t really stack because they’re tall, but you could have other rooms on two floors, so the total footprint could be smaller than the gross square footage.
The Reporter article also states that Montgomery County-Norristown Library officials revealed that a smaller library branch would not work at the center, but a vending-machine rental kiosk for books and movies would work there.
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