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Will de Blasio bungle another Staten Island pool project?
By Anna Sanders
December 30, 2017 | 10:48pm

It’s the mayor’s goof that keeps on giving.

Back in 2014, the Salvation Army announced it would use $90 million in donations from the estate of McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc to build a recreation center in a needy Staten Island neighborhood. All the city had to do was pony up $20 million in seed money to get the project up and running.

But after two years of City Hall stalling, the charity got fed up and pulled its donation. Staten Island and its Borough President Jimmy Oddo were livid at Mayor de Blasio for the screw-up.

So to make it up, de Blasio in April 2016 pledged $50 million for Staten Island’s first public indoor pool — which now has the makings of Boondoggle No. 2.

A draft internal memo obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information Law request shows the three most viable plans have ballooned in cost.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” Oddo fumed. “This will go down as one of the worst missed opportunities of our collective tenures.”

Building a new Olympic-sized pool at the Goodhue Center or the Michael J. Petrides School would cost upwards of $80 million on top of the original $50 million, according to a Feb. 3 draft memo by Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Adding an indoor pool to the outdoor Lyons Pool could cost $30 million over the original $50 million. The cheapest option — turning Lyons into an indoor pool — is within the $50 million pricetag, but the city dismissed it as the “least optimal.”

City Hall spokeswoman Natalie Grybauskas said the memo’s numbers don’t reflect the pool’s final cost.

“Staten Island deserves an indoor pool, and that’s why we’ve already committed $50M in funding,” Grybauskas said in a statement. “The rest of the cost will be determined by the size of the pool and its location.”
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