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3 firms hired to build Head Start facility

Babylon Town has accepted the bids of three companies to build a new Head Start building in Wyandanch.

Head Start is a nonprofit that aims to provide comprehensive child development programs to children from low-income families. The program has outgrown its current 4,000-square-foot building, town spokesman Tim Ruggeri said, and also is located in an area targeted for redevelopment as part of the town’s Wyandanch Rising initiative. The new 7,100-square-foot building will be on Washington Avenue, next to the Wyandanch Youth Services building at 20 Andrews Ave.

The companies were selected on the basis of lowest bids, as well as the recommendation of the commissioner of general services and Sidney B. Bowne & Son Llp, which is performing engineering work for the project at a cost of $81,900. SRF Architect P.C. in Amityville was also previously hired for $81,500.

Construction Consultants of Long Island in Riverhead will do general construction on the building at a cost of $1.39 million. Eldor Contracting of Holbrook will perform electrical construction for $256,000. Advanced Conservation Services Inc. of Lindenhurst will be charged with plumbing construction at a cost of $294,440 as well as mechanical construction for $204,750.

The bids were accepted Tuesday at a town board meeting, with Supervisor Richard Schaffer abstaining from the votes on Advanced Conservation Services Inc. because he has represented the company in his private law practice.

The estimated cost of the building is more than $2.3 million. The town is using $850,000 in state funds obtained by Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and the rest in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.


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