Completion of Wellesley Sports Center Slated for Spring 2019

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BEDFORD, Mass., Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- today announced that the Wellesley Sports Center is now slated to open with full occupancy in the Spring 2019, instead of phasing it over a 6-month period. This shift in timeline is due to complications that have arisen from bad weather, and the inability to secure gas service to the siteMore than 1,200 National Grid gas workers have been locked out since June — delaying non-emergency gas service projects, including natural gas service to the facility — which was originally set for a December 2018 partial occupancy. The updated project timeline is dependent upon completion of gas installation by March 2019.

“Natural gas is essential for everything from heating the buildings and hot water to running the dehumidifiers for the ice rinks,” said Brian DeVellis, President of ESG Associates Inc. “Even as we move forward with construction of the Wellesley Sports Center, completion of the project will be delayed until we can get gas service installed. We’re hopeful that lockout-related negotiations will reach a resolution soon.”

ESG Associates attempted to get gas line installed under an emergency measure to allow for the rink portion of the facility to open under a temporary occupancy this month, but after the Merrimack Valley gas line explosions in September and the October scare in Woburn, the state DPU ordered a moratorium on all gas work by National Grid. Without a clear understanding of when the lockout and the moratorium will end, ESG is now targeting a full-facility occupancy in early spring.

Upon completion, the Wellesley Sports Center will be a 130,000 square foot state-of-the-art sport and recreation destination, housing twin ice sheets, an indoor synthetic turf field with elevated track, a warm lesson pool and a 13 lane / 25 yard competition pool, a strength and conditioning center, sports pro-shop, full service concessions and ancillary tenants. It is conveniently located on Worcester Street () in Wellesley, MA, minutes from Interstate 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike and less than 30 minutes from Boston. 

ESG Associates is developing and will manage the facility upon its opening.

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Globe Newswire: 18:34 GMT Thursday 6th December 2018

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