After a fire caused the building’s second closure in two years, the Town of Oyster Bay recently reopened a fully-renovated and upgraded North Massapequa Community Center. The building, home to more than 20 Town-operated programs, has welcomed back recreational programs, senior groups, performing arts workshops, exercise programs, Knights of Pythias and Knights of Columbus, children’s programs and more, with additional programs and events planned for the new facility in the new year.
“The interior of the North Massapequa Community Center was destroyed by fire and many community organizations were forced to find temporary homes,” said Town Supervisor Saladino. “Unfortunately, after welcoming these programs back last year, an electrical fire shuttered the facility again. Always looking for a positive, my administration made sure that the newly renovated North Massapequa Community Center is the best it could possibly be, with a full reconstruction and upgrading of the interior, and is now open for our residents.”
In addition to a complete interior renovation, including reconstruction of all walls and utilities, all HVAC units were replaced with upgraded equipment, all lighting was upgraded to LED, a new AV system was installed, and the main entrance was expanded to further accommodate ADA accessibility. Additionally, all exterior lighting was replaced and upgraded and the parking lot was fully reconstructed. To further save funding, nearly all the work at the center was performed by in-house personnel, which resulted in a tremendous savings to the Town.
“The two-story structure once again houses meeting rooms, a kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as office space,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “I am proud that the building has been completely transformed to provide the best possible use for our residents, and that the work was done swiftly and diligently by Town personnel, at a significant cost savings to our taxpayers.”