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Wyandanch Head Start building costs increase by $9,300

Costs have increased for a building being constructed for the nonprofit Head Start program in Wyandanch.

The town board recently approved nearly $9,300 in additional costs for work by Construction Consultants/L.I. Inc. of Riverhead, which was awarded a $1.39 million contract for the building in 2012. The extra work and other change orders pushed the contract total to $1.51 million.

Total construction costs for the 7,122-square-foot building are $2.35 million. The project is being funded through federal Community Development Block Grant money.

The Washington Avenue building will replace a smaller building that had been used in the hamlet for decades. The new building is 95 percent complete, according to town spokesman Kevin Bonner, with finishing work now being undertaken on doors and windows, landscaping and parking.

Bonner said the town hopes the work will be finished by June, at which point ownership will transfer to Head Start. The nonprofit will then work on additional plans for the site, including a kitchen and playground.

Wyandanch has one of the oldest Head Start programs in the county and serves about 100 children, providing comprehensive child development programs, along with educational training and job skills programs for adults.

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