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Petro Pool repairs inching forward

'We're just trying to clean it up because it's an eyesore'

Engineer Thomas Scarlata of BH&A Inc., discusses the plans for the new Andrew J. Petro Pool off Randolph Street, which is being rebuilt by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. The top four images (on his easel) show the pool as it exists; the bottom two (on the floor) are of a pool in Attleboro that’s nearly identical to what Petro will be. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
November 21, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Although work was originally slated to happen this summer, the project to rebuild the Andrew J. Petro Memorial Pool off Reynolds Street is still alive.

According to engineer Thomas Scarlata of BH&A Inc., who is designing the new pool, the new timeframe calls for work to happen next spring and summer. But he's skeptical, noting he has "no control" over what actually happens, since he's a contractor for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

"We're just trying to clean it up because it's been abandoned and is an eyesore," he said. The facility was formally closed late last summer, with DCR bussing people to Streeter Beach in Sturbridge this summer.

Scarlata brought the latest designs before the Conservation Commission Thursday. He said the total tab would be around $1 million, all of it funded by DCR, which owns the property. Although DCR has been actively trying to "get out of the pool business" by selling off pools or otherwise getting towns to take over their operations, there has been no effort to do that here, he added.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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