To the Editors:
Here we go again. Whenever I hear that the town of Wilton is scheming (yet another) multimillion-dollar boondoggle project, I can always expect it carries the explanation — “Because we need it.” This time, the boondoggle’s name is the Comstock Community Center and the project is a renovation. Among the reasons: this project includes more energy-efficient HVAC systems, upgrades for security and fire systems, better ADA access, replacing windows and new toilets. Since the budget for these updates is now in the low orbit of $10 million, one wonders if NASA has been hired to perform the updates or if the toilets will be gold-plated. We’ve heard that these renovations would be cheaper than a new-build; however, at a $10-million price tag and the going rate of roughly $200/sf for single-story commercial construction (see rsmeans.com), that reasoning might be hard to justify.