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Updates about the Spiegel Community Center Upgrade, Redesign & Expansion Project will be posted below as needed.

Community Center Recommendation Report

Community Center Recommendation Report

Community Center Recommendation Report

Community Center Project Cost & Concept Plans
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       Community Center Concept Renderings

Updated 4/19/17

The project architects are working on design development for the building addition and the site plan, including landscaping. Once these designs are formalized, they will be posted on the Town website and a public meeting will be scheduled to obtain resident comments. Until then, public comments are welcome at any time – please direct them to Town Board member Mary Gehl Doyle, the board liaison for the project. You may reach her at

Updated 3/21/17

Councilwoman Mary Gehl Doyle confirmed to the Town Board at their March 21, 2017 meeting that the proposed plans for the Spiegel Community Center renovation project will include a generator, which had been under consideration previously. She reiterated previously presented information about the exterior and interior schematic design plan details and again showed the current exterior and interior schematic design renderings for reference.

Updated 3/7/17

Councilwoman Mary Gehl Doyle presented an update to the Town Board at its March 7 meeting regarding the status and progress of the Spiegel Community Center renovation project. She noted that the intention is to create a community center, as opposed to a recreation center, and presented exterior and interior schematic design renderings.

While presenting a rendering of the building exterior, Councilwoman Doyle discussed the planned exterior renovations and the 2,600 square foot addition to the building. She also presented and discussed interior floor plan drawings; see the March 7, 2017 Town Board meeting minutes for an outline of the plan details discussed.

Updated 1/23/17

Members of the Spiegel Community Center renovation and expansion project team met on 1/19/17 to review the timeline for the project. The team includes Town Supervisor Bill Smith, Town Board member Mary Gehl Doyle (the project point person for Town Board), Recreation Director Jessie Hollenbeck, Commissioner of Public Works Paul Schenkel, and members of the project’s construction management and architect/engineering firms. The group will continue to meet regularly to ensure the project remains on schedule as we move forward.

Updated 12/21/16

At its 12/20/16 meeting, Town Board approved HBT Architects as the architectural and engineering firm for the Spiegel Community Center renovation and expansion project.

Updated 12/6/16

The project team continues working on plans for temporary relocation of our recreation programs during the construction period.

Updated 11/16/16

At its 11/15/16 meeting, Town Board approved DGA Builders as the construction management firm for the Spiegel Community Center renovation and expansion project.

Updated 11/1/16

We are in the process of engaging a construction manager and confirming the architects and engineers for the project and expect to have them in place by the end of November. Design development will take place over the winter and is expected to be completed in March, 2017; construction documents then would be developed and a request for construction bids issued, potentially in the summer of 2017. If this timeline holds as we move forward, we would expect to have the contractors selected sometime in September 2017, with construction possible to begin in September or October. We can expect construction to take a year.

A project this extensive requires closing down the community center for a period of about a year for construction work. During this time we will continue to offer Recreation programs; we plan to obtain temporary space for as many as possible of our community programs currently offered at Spiegel. We will provide continued updates and details about our program offerings on the Town’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, as well as through Town and local media publications.

Pittsford residents approve Community Center funding vote

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October 18, 2016 - Town of Pittsford residents voted to approve $9.3 million in bond financing for the Town’s Spiegel Community Center upgrade, remodel and expansion project in a referendum held Tuesday, October 18. The unofficial vote count was 1,650 Yes (69%) and 739 No (31%).

“We worked very hard to come up with a proposal that would give us the community center our residents need and deserve,” said Mary Gehl Doyle, Town Board member and board liaison for the project. “This option is a creative and well thought-out solution – an exciting opportunity to completely transform our Spiegel Community Center” she continued.

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith commented, “The Town Board and I undertook more than a year of preparation and study, including working with a citizen's committee and with our architectural and engineering consultants, Passero Associates. Based on that work, we made a recommendation we believe to be reasonable and principled. It was important to us to know that our fellow-residents consider it reasonable as well. They gave us their answer today."

Smith continued, “We've now resolved one of the longest-standing pieces of unfinished business on Pittsford's municipal agenda. We can create a one-of-a-kind community center in an outstanding historic landmark, to serve Pittsford for decades to come.”

Community Center funding vote date set for 10/18

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August 17, 2016 - The Pittsford Town Board has set a public referendum date for Tuesday, October 18 to enable residents to vote on the board’s proposal to bond $9.3 million to finance the renovation, remodeling and expansion of the Town’s Spiegel Community Center located at 35 Lincoln Avenue. The decision came at the board’s August 11 meeting. The referendum vote on the project funding will be held from 7AM – 9PM at King’s Bend Park (170 Jefferson Road). Ongoing updates about the vote and the project will be posted here on the Community Center Project page.

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Board recommends Spiegel Community Center renovation

Cost, efficiency and programming goals were key considerations

July 20, 2016 - The Pittsford Town Board has released a report recommending a complete renovation of the Spiegel Community Center. The report concludes that renovation is the most cost-efficient and desirable option to provide the community with an attractive and functional facility able to accommodate current and future recreation programming needs. VIEW THE REPORT HERE.

“Long-deferred maintenance of the building meant it would cost $6.1 million just to make needed repairs,” said councilwoman Mary Gehl Doyle, the board’s lead for the project. “For an additional $3.2 million we can essentially build a new community center within the shell of the old building. Compared to the practical alternatives, this choice represents a reasonable middle ground between $6.1 million for mere maintenance and nearly $15 million to build a completely new structure. It’s a cost-effective solution that creates a modern and efficient facility, preserves a historic landmark in the heart of the community and preserves green space that otherwise would be lost to a new building.”

The board worked with a citizens’ committee and solicited comments from residents at public meetings and from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board before making its recommendation. “Unless we’re prepared to phase out a community center, we must respond to the condition of the current building,” said Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith. He continued, “Our goal is to obtain for Pittsford’s residents the solution that works best, at a reasonable cost in view of the alternatives. And not to pay for more community center than we need.”

The Town Board will schedule a referendum for later this year to obtain public approval for funding the project. The $9.2 million Spiegel Community Center renovation would cost $69 per year over the next 15 years to the owner of a home of average assessed value; the average assessed home value in Pittsford is $275,075.



  • Under consideration since 1999. 
  • Current Effort began in 2014. 
  • Citizens Committee Meeting Dates:
    • February 10, 2016 
    • February 24, 2016 
    • May 17, 2016 
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Review: May 12, 2016 


  • Dr. Joel Agate - Town Resident, family participates in Rec Programs, Asst. Professor at SUNY Brockport Recreation and Leisure Studies 
  • Ron Anderson - Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Member and Senior Center participant 
  • Peggy Brizee - President of Historic Pittsford 
  • Mark Connors, DDS - Pittsford Family Dental 
  • Bob Corby - Pittsford Village Mayor 
  • Mary Gehl Doyle, Chair - Town Board Member 
  • John Limbeck - Planning Board Chairman, Former Village Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer, 25+ years experience as a senior construction manager, Consultant to KCI Engineering 
  • Nancy Sprenkle - Former Planning Board Chairperson 
  • Kathy VanderZwaag - Village Resident 
  • Paul Wilson - Pittsford Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chairman, and former Director of Recreation for the Town of Pittsford 


COST:                                     $9.3 Million 

COST per household of
average assessed value:        $69/year for 15 years = $1,035 

Average assessed value in Pittsford is $275,075. 


FULL RENOVATION: $9,292,114 

Existing Conditions/Sitework $619,419
General Trades $3,977,152
Fire Protection $152,089
Plumbing $411,489
HVAC $1,071,495
Electrical $887,388
Contractor Overhead & Profit (8.5%) $605,118
Contingency (5%) $355,952  
Soft Costs (15%) $1,212,015 


  • Cost 
  • Efficiency 
  • Continuity in Programs 
  • Reasonable Goals 
  • Avoiding Duplication 
  • Location 
  • Historic Preservation 
  • Broad Public Support 
  • Formal Public Approval 
  • Timing 


Community Center 

836 Programs Held 

8236 Program Enrollments 

$779,651 Program Revenue Generated in 2015 ($545,760 in 2003) 

6864 Hours reserved by community members for room use (6226 in 2013) 

8662 Hours of facility use by the Recreation Department for programming and other town related meetings (7482 in 2013) 

*Does not include Pittsford Youth Services, Child Care, and Pittsford Nautilus 

Key programs: 

  • Child Care (Ages 16 months – 5) 
  • Summer Camp (Ages 5 - 13) 
  • The After School Program 
  • Martial Arts 
  • Ballet / Dance Class 
  • Sweetheart Dance 
  • Bridge Classes 
  • Debbie McVean Aerobics 
  • School Break Camps (ages 5 – 13) 
  • Write Your College Application 
  • Soccer Shots for Youth 
  • Melody Kids (Pre - K Music) 
  • Parent and Tot Open Gym 
  • Sporty Sprouts (Pre – K Sports) 
  • Kindergarten Wrap 
  • Babysitter’s Training 
  • Open Basketball (All Ages) 

Senior Center

7940 Activity Enrollments (Individual Class Registrations) 

Over 700 Unique Participants 

Key programs: 

  • Tuesday Club Lunches 
  • Monroe County Nutrition Program - Lunch Club 60 
  • Arthritis Exercise 
  • Euchre Classes and Parties 
  • Yoga 
  • Zumba Gold 
  • Thursday Trips 
  • Nia 
  • Tai Chi 
  • Feldenkrais 
  • Balance 
  • Craft Club 
  • Men’s Group 
  • Tax Prep 
  • Defensive Driving 


Community Sessions 

  • Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00pm 
  • Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00pm 
  • Saturday, July 9 at 10:00am 

Town Board Present Recommendation - No later than July 19 

Public Referendum on Financing - Tuesday, October 18