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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Update on Status of Construction of the Longmeadow Adult Center

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An update on the status of construction of the new Adult Center is being distributed in the Council on Aging Newsletter “The Voice” and is also being provided via this post. We are all anxiously awaiting the completion of the new center and once we know the opening date it will be announced far and wide for all to attend the grand opening celebration!

In the meantime the Adult Center continues to offer Meals on Wheels services, Food Pantry, and remote SHINE appointments. The Center will be scheduling some small programs in the old Adult Center, located in the Greenwood Center at 231 Maple Road, those programs will be limited to smaller groups, and participants are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing of 3 feet minimum at all times in the Adult Center, as is the current requirement in buildings within Longmeadow.

 “Status on Construction of the new Adult Center

As you may know, the construction team has been working on two major issues at the new Adult Center. 

The first is soil composition. Amendments must be made in order to meet the specifications set out by the architect John Catlin. The soil samples originally provided to the architect were approved, but unfortunately, the contractor used a different product, resulting in planting beds and lawn that are not suitable. The contractor has agreed to amend the soil.  A test area has been sampled and submitted for approval. We expect those samples WILL meet specifications.  This issue is NOT holding up opening the building as this work can be done at any point this Fall.

However, the more critical issue and the most costly, is the asphalt parking lot.  The material approved by the architect was not what was applied; the sub-contractor used a different, inferior product. The Town had two independent professional inspections/samples taken which confirmed the unsuitability of the top coat of asphalt that was installed. This inferior product will result in a parking lot that will not stand the test of time, it will be prone to potholes and the top course of asphalt will break down, causing safety issues. Add to that shoddy workmanship in multiple areas, resulting in elevations that are not suitable at the seams, etc… The resolution would be to mill the top coat of asphalt, apply a new tack coat, and then pave the area with asphalt that meets the specifications that were set out by the architect.

As of mid-September, the contractor has NOT agreed to rectify the parking lot work and provide the town with a parking lot that is suitable long term, and what the town agreed to pay for. The Town is now in consultation with the legal counsel, as well as the construction team, as to the next step in the process of resolution.

Marybeth Bergeron, Permanent Town Building Committee Chair”

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