BRAINTED – Mayor Charles Kokoros is giving the developer of the Petersen Pool / Rink complex until the end of the month to take specific action to resume construction of the sports complex before he starts looking for someone else to do work.
“I am not going to stay here for months and be delayed,” Kokoros told city council in a meeting Tuesday night. “There are no more excuses not to do this. Either it does, or someone else will.”
Among the items that developer E Street LLC is due to complete by April 30, is the filing of a foundation permit, the development of renderings of the exterior and interior of the complex, a construction schedule. and submission of a letter indicating that funding is in place for the construction. Kokoros said the developer has agreed to the terms and will meet with city officials weekly.
“I am determined to have the swimming pool and the ice rink built, but it is something that must be done on our terms. There is no room for further delays,” said the mayor.
In addition to the swimming pool, the resort’s plans include two ice rinks and an indoor artificial turf pitch. Kokoros said the pool will be junior Olympic size and include a diving area, as requested by supporters of the high school swimming and diving teams. This will allow the pool to be used for competitions.
Work on the complex, which would be at the corner of Town and Granite Streets of the Braintree High School campus, began in January 2020. The coronavirus pandemic began two months later, halting work. Drainage problems were then observed on the site, which required the design and authorization of a new system.
We have been talking about the swimming pool in town for over 57 years, since the tugboat Capt. August Petersen left town money to build the pool in his East Braintree neighborhood. His bequest of $ 65,000 has grown over the years to over $ 2 million.
The city paid the former developer, BSC Partners, $ 1 million for the plans and permits for the project, and some of the money was used to build the Petersen Splash Pad in Watson Park.
BSC abandoned the project when it was unable to secure funding, handing it over to E Street.
District 6 City Councilor Lawrence Mackin asked Kokoros if he plans to approach BSC Partners to get part of the million dollars.
The mayor replied that he was concentrating on building the complex. He also said there was no need to create an oversight committee for the project, as was proposed by Mackin.
The adviser said he would not abandon the proposal.
“The reason we’re here is the lack of oversight,” Mackin said.
In response to a question from Julia Flaherty, City Councilor for District 1, Kokoros said he was open to a meeting to inform the community about the project.
The resort is built under state law establishing a public-private partnership.
“The funding for the project does not come from the city. The person who builds the swimming pool pays for the construction of the swimming pool,” Kokoros said.
City Council President Shannon Hume said of the resort: “Everyone is eager to get things done. “