STONINGTON — Architects are vying for the chance to design the Hart Perry Community Rowing Center, to be located at the Mystic River Boathouse Park, a 1.5 acre site at 123 Greenmanville Ave.
Richard Larkin, campaign manager for the privately funded $2.2 million project, has received 23 proposals from architecture firms hailing from Connecticut, New York and Massachusett. The Request For Qualifications was sent out on Jan. 12 and about 30 architects attended a tour of the site on Feb. 9.
“The response to our request has been really extraordinary — over the top,” Larkin said in his announcement. “It shows the incredibly high level of interest in this project throughout the region.”
The Hart Perry Community Rowing Center Capital Campaign has already raised over $400,000 from 100 donors, the first selectman’s office announced. The campaign was established in 2017 under the wing of the Friends of Stonington Crew, which has had tax-exempt nonprofit status since 1998.
The campaign’s fundraising goal is $2.5 million, comprising $1.5 million from private donors, who will be given naming opportunities; $500,000 from community support and special events; and, $500,000 from corporate partnerships.
The boathouse will be named for Hart Perry, a North Stonington resident regarded as an influential rower and crew coach and advocate. Hart died in 2011.
After voter approval in 2016, the town purchased the property for $1.67 million in Jan. 2017.
The town will grant the Friends of Stonington Crew a long-term lease for the boathouse property for a token amount; in return, once the boathouse is built, it will be sold to the town, again for a nominal amount.
“This is a public-private enterprise that promises to provide a first class park for the people of Stonington as well as a first class boathouse for our kids and amateur rowers,” said First Selectman Rob Simmons.
The boathouse will become the home of the Stonington High School Crew and the Stonington Community Rowing Club.