Stonington – With cost estimates of around $ 350,000, borough officials are looking at both funding and ways to lower the price of the public toilets on Wadawanuck Square.
In a public briefing 10 days ago, Borough Director Jeff Callahan said only two people opposed the project, saying they didn’t think the Borough should provide toilets for residents outside. Many business owners in the borough have long urged borough officials to create public restrooms for visitors, like the ones in Mystic, while 75% of borough residents in a recent survey were in favor of the creation of public toilets.
The plan, developed by local architect Julia Leeming, calls for placing the building with two unisex bathrooms and an interview room behind the back of the Stonington Free Library at the north end of the square. The design is meant to blend in with those of St. Mary’s Church, the library, and the post office across the street.
Callahan said the next step is to determine how the borough will fund the project. While the borough is expected to receive $ 260,000 in federal COVID-19 pandemic relief money, he said he didn’t want to use all of this for the washroom. He said the city was looking for grants and had asked to include $ 50,000 for the project in its 2021-2022 capital improvement budget.
In addition, he said borough officials were looking for ways to cut costs by changing some aspects of the design. While this may delay the project, Callahan said he still hopes to open the restroom next fall.