Huntington, NY – The Huntington Town Board has awarded the contract for the James D. Conte Community Center in Huntington Station, NY, to BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers.
In 2016, Town officials budgeted $10 million to construct the center, which is named for the late assemblyman who served the hamlet for 24 years. Plans for adaptive re-use and complete renovation of the former New York State armory site at 100 E. Fifth St. in Huntington Station, include a full-size indoor basketball court, reception area, meeting rooms, and other community, veteran, youth and senior spaces.
With a preliminary concept for the center completed by another architect in 2017, the BBS contract covers schematic design, design development, permitting, contract documents, construction inspection and monitoring.
The town’s 2018 capital budget allots $3.75 million for the first phase of construction of the building. Funds to pay for the project include bonding, a $1.5 million state grant and a $50,000 grant received this year under the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program. The town approved a $1.3 million bond in 2017 for the project.
“There were serious questions to see how we can make the best community center possible while still keeping the price in line,” the Town Supervisor Lupinacci said. “We want to make sure we get the most bang for the buck.”