City Hall makeover coming soon

The renovation of Marietta’s city hall, currently in the planning stage, is expected to begin late this year, according to a discussion during a meeting of city council’s lands, buildings and parks committee Tuesday.

“The total estimated cost of the project, including the roof replacement, would be around $1.83 million,” said city engineer Joe Tucker.

He provided the committee members with the latest preliminary design plans for the renovation project from Traci Stotts with Davis Pickering Architects of Parkersburg.

The drawings show the first floor of the building at 301 Putnam St. housing the offices of the mayor, treasurer, information technology and police dispatch and records. The second floor would include the remaining police offices for chief, captain and detectives, as well as space for the city auditor’s offices.

The basement area would contain men’s and women’s locker rooms for police, storage rooms and potential space for city council chambers or a conference room.

Tucker said although there is still some concern about where city council and the council clerk will be located, the preliminary plans for the building renovation will remain basically the same as the project moves toward final design.

“I will get back to Traci with any concerns, and she will start on making any revisions to the plans,” Tucker said. “I would expect her final report by May 17, and total final design and construction plans ready by the end of this year.”

Due to some major roof leaks, the roof replacement portion of the city hall renovation project has been placed on a fast track so that work can be completed this year.

Tucker said bid openings for the roofing project will be opened Friday.

“We had about 17 contractors submitting bids for that project,” Tucker said.

Total cost of the roof replacement project is expected to be around $225,000.

Continued discussion of the city hall renovation plans, as well as consideration of a possible permanent location for council chambers, will be held during a committee of the whole session at 3 p.m. today in the second floor conference room at 304 Putnam St.

In other business Tuesday, Tucker said work on the second phase of the Armory Square project, which included roof replacement on that building, was nearly completed.

“The contractor has done a phenomenal job. I think the city will be pleased with that work,” he said.

Tucker said some final work still needed to be completed on the front steps of the building as well as some painting and finishing work on doors and windows-all to be done under warranty.

The next phase of work on Armory Square, to include some plumbing, HVAC and electrical work, will cost around $520,000, according to Tucker.

Safety-service director Jonathan Hupp noted a 2007 National Scenic Byways grant for the Armory Square project, administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation, could be lost if work on the third phase of the project toward final occupancy of the building does not begin before June 30.

“The grant is for $252,000, and the city’s match would be $63,095,” Hupp said. “There’s still a concern from ODOT that this grant has had several extended timelines.”

ODOT has allowed the original expiration date for use of the grant to be extended by the city as plans for the Armory Square project have moved forward. But Hupp said ODOT officials are growing concerned that the city will not be able to meet the latest June 30 deadline.

Committee chairman Harley Noland, D-at large, said he would invite ODOT representatives from Columbus to visit the site later this month to show them what progress has been made on the Armory Square project in the past year.