Rec cen­ter com­pro­mise: Cast stone de­tails back

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAR­RELL HOFHEINZ

The new Palm Beach Recre­ation Cen­ter won’t lose some of its Mediter­ranean-style ar­chi­tec­tural charm af­ter all, the Town Coun­cil has agreed.

Of­fi­cials re­versed course Thurs­day, unan­i­mously re­ject­ing a cost-cut­ting mea­sure that would have stripped much of the cast-stone de­tail­ing from the out­side walls of the cen­ter and ten­nis fa­cil­ity be­ing built at 340 Seav­iew Ave.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter the Ar­chi­tec­tural Com­mis­sion in Au­gust em­phat­i­cally said the stonework was in­te­gral to the high-qual­ity look of the com­plex and re­fused to en­dorse its re­moval to shave more than $167,000 from the cen­ter’s bud­get.

‘‘In my mind, that’s an im­por­tant part of the build­ing,” Pres­i­dent Danielle Moore said, as the coun­cil weighed the ar­chi­tec­tural board’s rec­om­men­da­tion.

But she and sev­eral of her col­leagues ques­tioned whether some of the cen­ter’s side­walks should be fash­ioned from cast-stone pavers rather than poured con­crete.

Ar­chi­tec­tural com­mis­sion­ers had re­viewed changes to the stonework and sev­eral other cost-sav­ing dele­tions

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