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Pleasantville Hopes For Fall Opening Of Rec Center

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The unused Pleasantville Ambulance Corps building at 48 Marble Ave. may be revitalized and turned into the home of the village's Recreation Department as soon as this fall, according to Village Administrator Patti Dwyer.

“It’s moving along very well,” she said. “They suspended a little bit of construction for the music festival. Once that passed they got right back in, and we’re hoping for a late fall opening.”

Carrying out the work on a $138,795 contract is Pleasantville construction company Camilli Peter and Sons. The work includes constructing a multipurpose room and improving the kitchen and bathroom areas.

The building was initially owned by the village before being given to the ambulance corps, which has since moved to a larger garage in Thornwood. The village regained ownership of the building more than year ago and has been working on plans to improve it ever since.

Mayor Peter Scherer said revenue generated by the new recreation building would be able to pay for the construction. The building will be rented out for parties and will also be home to a number of village activities and programs.

When the building is ready, the Recreation Department offices that are currently on the third floor of Village Hall will move, Scherer said. “And what was the old garage bay will have turned into a nice multipurpose room; a little room on the other side is the kitchen,” he said.

In addition to the new recreation center bringing in money, Trustee Jonathan Cunningham stressed that he would like to see the old recreation center on Bedford Road sold and added to the tax roll. Cunningham said the biggest reason for the lack of potential buyers for the property is that nobody knows it’s for sale.

“It needs a ‘for sale’ sign, which it’s needed for two years,” Cunningham said. “What we’re doing now isn’t working.”

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