Rec center compromise: Cast stone details back
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