Grants to help improve Rockland rec building

Posted April 12, 2009, at 10:34 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A historic building with a lengthy past of acting as host to sports and entertainment events for the community will be the recipient of some much-needed repair work soon.

Rodney Lynch, community developer for the city of Rockland, announced last week that the Community Recreation Building on Limerock Street has been awarded a grant of $340,121 by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

The city will provide its own grant of $85,000, and the combined funds will be used to replace a leaky rear roof, repaint bricks and renovate the offices of the Rockland District Nursing Association.

The funds also will be spent on new boys and girls locker rooms, new shower and bathroom facilities, and new bleachers at the gym.

“The interior gym and locker room renovations will allow for expanded programs, and allow more programs to be operated simultaneously,” Lynch said in a press release.

The renovations come after the $133,000 first phase of recreation center improvements, which entailed installing a new rubberized roof over the gym area and a handicapped-accessible ramp toward the back of the building.

“The success of the application was due to a collaborative team effort,” Lynch said.

Before putting the work out to bid, Lynch said, the community development department will have to do an environmental review.

Renovation work is scheduled to be completed this year, he said.

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