Officials mull Penfield Pavilion repair options

Fairfield officials said Thursday that they are reviewing options for repairing or replacing the Penfield Pavilion, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.



Town officials announced Wednesday that FEMA had agreed to cover a significant portion of the repair costs.



Most of the damage is to the building's foundation, according to officials.



They said that has driven up the cost of repairs to more than the $6 million budget.



News 12 previously reported that FEMA agreed to reimburse the town up to 75 percent of repair costs, leaving the town to foot the remaining 25 percent.



Because of the high cost, town officials said they are weighing whether to attempt a costly repair, or raze the existing structure and install something new.



First Selectman Michael Tetreau said officials hope to quickly determine which option is more cost effective.



The pavilion has been fenced off for years. Officials had initially hoped to reopen the area by 2016, but said they will likely push that date back.


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