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Three Options Under Development for Township Community Center

Kimmel Bogrette Architecture and Ballard*King and Associates Ltd. Recreation Facility Planning met with Montgomery Township supervisors recently to review potential ideas for the future community center

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 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.

Read more of The Reporter story at this link

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Steven Long August 30, 2012 at 01:55 AM
having been present at the previous public meeting, I was surprised to hear someone suggest "residents expressed interest for three main things: a library, a pool and community space." to me, that makes it seem like the majority of the residents requested those three items, when in fact, that was not the case.
Steven Long August 30, 2012 at 01:55 AM
While some requested a library, many other rebuked a library as costly, unnecessary, and duplication of other local libraries. Others liked the idea of a pool ... but those requests were made by those who currently use the pools at LA Fitness, Highpoint and Neshaminy Falls. In fact, some of those expressed interest in a pool as a lower cost option, not recognizing a municipal pool would in fact, cost money. Like the library, many opposed the pool as being a duplication ... an expensive duplication ... and ultimately, an attempt by a municipal government to compete with existing businesses (that's not the job of government). The last was for meeting space. While some of our elders liked the idea of meeting space (a novel idea, but I'm not sure it makes sense to spend tens of millions of dollars for meeting space) ... one resident suggested he would like to rent space from Montgomery Township for his own business. Again, this is not the purpose of a municipal government.
Steven Long August 30, 2012 at 01:55 AM
The supervisors should NOT be building a pool for the residents of Neshimany Falls (because their pool is overcrowded) ... they should NOT build office space for MTBSA, so they do not have to rent space elsewhere. Let's remember ... the taxpayers will be on the hook for the purchase, development and construction costs ... as well as ongoing maintenance and support. Let's not compete against existing facilities and companies ... putting THEM out of business ... as surely, another entity will come along soon thereafter with a better project, and put Montgomery Twp out of business ... or, at least in the line of a Recreation Center. Currently, if you want to go swimming, you pay a fee. If the facility does not have enough business, it must adjust its business model. What happens when a Municipal project needs to adjust its business model? We can't terminate an existing lease, and relocate elsewhere!

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