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The Theodore Young Community Center, the Greenburgh water shop suffered significant flood related damages during the recent storm. This is an updated status report: Theodore Young Community Center.
Sorry for the inconveniences residents are experiencing.
PAUL FEINERI hope this e-mail finds you well. As our team, along with the great support of DPW continues our cleanup and restoration efforts, we wanted to keep you informed of where we stand. Our facility is now fully cleared of water/mud and we have brought in contractors to begin to assess the gym floor. Although we know that the current maple wood floor is a top of the line product; it would not be fiscally responsible of us to lay another wood floor down as we know the possibility of yet another natural disaster (at some point) is very likely.
We have done extensive research, spoken to other municipal officials and have visited multiple facilities since the storm hit to ensure we become knowledgeable on the most efficient and effective way to restore our facility. We are in talks with local flooring experts on the NYS contract who have installed floors in our school district along with recent jobs in Mount Vernon, Pelham, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, and Valhalla to name a few. In addition to wood, they specialize in synthetic sports flooring which is a multi-purpose floor, requiring low maintenance and allows for an excellent hygienic facility environment. The seamless and smooth surfaced floors have a long life-span with a low life-cycle cost. The deciding factor for our situation and location is that these floors are in fact seamless, which will not allow any moisture to get underneath it. It does not matter if there is 4 inches or 4 feet of water in the facility, these floors will simply not buckle. We were shown a photo of a school in Mamaroneck that was under 10 feet of water (due to the gym being in the basement of the school); the water was removed and the floor completely dried. No damage to the floor was present.
Unfortunately, today we found the first remnants of mold in our gymnasium. As the gym floor buckled, moisture crept into the sub layer where there is a plastic lining underneath. The plastic is now corroding against the wood and subfloor, causing an odor, which will force us to move as quickly as possible with demolition. We are welcoming our seniors and after school programs back in to the facility this coming Monday. Thankfully, as it is such a large space, we are able to operate the facility 2nd floor and lounge areas as long as we close the gym doors and keep air circulating.
Step 1: The demolition of our current floor. We are receiving quotes and are hoping to move forward as early as next week. An estimated cost of the demolition is $20,000 - $25,000 on the high end. The demolition will happen in one business day and will allow us the opportunity to pull up the plastic layer and dry the concrete slab prior to beginning a new floor.
Step 2: Our insurance company, CNA has worked with the proposed local flooring companies in the past and has the ability to pay these vendors directly due to their experience, expertise, and rapport in the NY area. Should we, (as a town) authorize the winning bidder as a direct payee from CNA, this scenario avoids the town having to pay out funds in hopes of being reimbursed by the insurance company. It is also the most efficient way for our residents to be able to utilize the Theodore D. Young Community Center facility during the repairs. As we are still in a pandemic, it is more important than ever for us to be up and running as we have adopted all safety measures, and have proven we can successfully operate. Without a gym floor, our capacity (in all of our provided services) is extremely minimal.
My apologies for the lengthy e-mail; however, Commissioner Jackson and I have a duty to keep you all abreast of this information. We also have a duty to our team, community and constituents to get this department (our home) up and running safely and quickly. Please let us know if an additional meeting is necessary with the Town Board to move forward. I have attached a link below of the proposed Robbins Pulastic flooring system.
All of this is not possible without the incredible dedication of our staff, town departments, and everyone included on this e-mail. A special thank you to Commissioner Richard Fon, Deputy Commissioner Brian Simmons, Councilman Ken Jones and the entire Town Board, we simply would not have gotten this far without you.
Thank you for your time and have a wonderful weekend.
David M. Reggina
Town of Greenburgh