Sunday, October 7, 2012 —
Albemarle City Council took the next step toward granting the Parks and Recreation department a new office.
Jim Hodges of WHN Architects presented city council with the lowest of seven bids for the renovation of the Jesse F. Niven Center, which was made by Black Contracting of Wadesboro.
The project, which calls for widespread renovations of the Niven Center, will be handed over to the parks and recreation department following completion.
Black’s bid of $696,700 came in lower than the last estimation of about $780,000, according to Hodges.
City Council members had questions for Hodges to assure that Black Contracting would be able to complete the renovations to the city’s expectations.
“I don’t really have any major negatives for the company,” Hodges said.
“I hate to ask like this, but you have no major negatives, any negatives?” asked Councilwoman Martha Sue Hall.
“Only negative, if you can see it as a negative, is that there have been some issues with scheduling and controlling subcontractors on some jobs, but not all,” Hodges said.
“Everyone I’ve talked to agrees that managing the project is the key, and I have talked to Mr. Black and they do have a superintendent hired for this project full-time.”
Hodges told council that he had spoken with the city of Concord’s inspector, who has reviewed jobs completed by Black Contracting.
“The overall product was good. The scheduling was the only concern,” Hodges said.
With assurance that Black Contracting was prepared for this particular site, council awarded the bid with a motion by Councilwoman Judy Holcomb and a second by Councilman Ed Underwood.
As previously reported in the Stanly News & Press, the facility will primarily be used for the Parks and Recreation department as well as Homes of Hope, who is subleasing from Stanly Community Christian Ministry.
The Niven Center, which was owned by the government as a U.S. Army Reserve Center, will provide about nine rooms, as well as a large multipurpose room for the Parks and Recreation department. The Homes of Hope side of the Niven Center will offer conference rooms and office space.
Sunday, October 7, 2012 —
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