The second phase of Marietta's Armory Square renovation project will soon be under way, according to legislation passed by Marietta City Council Thursday.
"The city engineer wants to go out for bids on this portion of the project Friday," said Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, and chairman of council's lands, buildings and parks committee.
The second phase of the project, expected to cost around $607,000, includes structural and roof repairs needed to protect the armory building's interior from the outside elements.
In addition to the roof and structural repairs, a separate contract has already been let for the rebuilding of the armory's front steps, according to city engineer Joe Tucker who said work on the concrete steps is expected to begin soon.
The $173,600 first phase of the Armory Square project, which included installation of new windows and doors, is currently being completed by Exterior Restoration Specialists of Columbus.
On a related note Thursday, council authorized the advance of $98,941 from the city's general fund to the Gutberlet trust fund that has been dedicated to fund the armory renovation.
If you go
- Marietta City Council's lands, buildings and parks committee will meet at 4 p.m., and the planning, zoning, annexation and housing committee will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor conference room at 304 Putnam St.
- All council and committee meetings, except executive sessions, are open to the public.
- For more city information, go to http://www.mariettaoh.net/
Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, explained that the general fund money is being transferred to help cover up-front costs to purchase tents, tables, chairs, storage trailers, and other equipment for festivals, arts shows and other gatherings at the armory.
"This is an advance from the general fund that will be reimbursed to the city from a ($99,000) Rural Enterprise Grant," Vukovic said.
Also on Thursday, council approved a resolution accepting the gift of a statue from an anonymous donor that would honor former firefighters for their service to the citizens of Marietta.
The statue is to be located on the Third Street side of the Marietta Fire Department.