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Waddington considers plans to revamp Civic Center

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WADDINGTON – The Village Board of Trustees is working to renovate the Donald M. Martin Civic Center into an all-purpose venue for sports and entertainment during the winter months.

Brooks Washburn Architect, P.C., Potsdam, the village presented a newly designed floor plan for the civic center to the village board Monday.

During the winter months, the civic center largely serves as an ice rink. But the new plan calls for the ice rink to be moved outside, making room for an athletic center which could include batting cages and an indoor track.

The venue would also allow for weddings, reunions, conferences, receptions, and concerts, Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada said.

“We’re trying to make the civic center more functional and multipurpose as opposed as being used for one entity during the wintertime,” Mrs. Otto-Cassada said. “We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by other towns like Louisville that are able to afford artificial ice. It would be cost-prohibitive if we did that each year.”

Village board member William E. Dashnaw requested Monday that the second phase of the renovations be split into three separate projects.

The first phase will include renovations to the kitchen and concession stand, conference area, and doors.

The second phase will include construction of a concert area, improving the acoustics and lighting, and adding seating.

The third phase would incorporate athletic spaces which could include an soccer arena, batting cages and an indoor track.

The estimates for all three projects will be presented by Mr. Washburn at the next village board meeting on Nov. 4.

“The building is in great shape and a good space for all of those functions,” Mr. Washburn, who conducted the engineering study, said.

Village trustees will finance the renovations with a $160,000 grant awarded by the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency in 2011.

As part of first phase, the village used $70,272 of its funding to replace the leaking roof on the arena.

The project was completed last year.

“We want to make it the focal point of the village,” Mrs. Otto-Cassada said. “We want to give people the opportunity to rent it out and to give our school sports teams more practice space.”

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