Over $2 million needed to fix Armory

A room at the northwest corner of the Armory with damaged windows.

A room at the northwest corner of the Armory with damaged windows.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

Earlier this month, county commissioners asked architect Warren Emo to estimate the total renovation cost for the Coombs Armory.

Last week he told them the price tag is $2.3 million.

In an elaborate presentation at the Feb. 18 meeting, Emo laid out two possible options for renovating the historic structure, dividing the repairs and upgrades into three phases.

He told commissioners that since the last meeting, structural engineers found water damage in their explorations of area under the building and. Emo said multiple overlays of pavement on Avenue D have affected drainage, causing support to wash out and leaving the floor spongy under the southwest corner.

Inside the building, there is a visible irregularity in the floor and a two-inch gap has formed between the floor and baseboard in the southwest corner, he said.

Emo said flooding around the main entrance is also a problem that needs to be addressed. “There’s not a lot of stormwater control out there and the sidewalk’s in pretty bad condition,” he said. “We’re looking at new sidewalk all around the perimeter.”

He said the new plan would create a paved 18-space parking lot, and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant entry on the north side of the building.

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