Over $2 million needed to fix Armory

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

Under either option Phase 1 of the construction would include adding a new warming kitchen, making the structure ADA compliant, installing hurricane-proof windows in the northern wing and installing a fire sprinkler system in the north wing and heating and air conditioning for the entire building.

Other changes include possible ways to relocate bathrooms and conference rooms, creating an equipment yard for exterior equipment and adding a ticket office. The price tag would also include additional planning and design.

Emo set the cost for Phase 1 at $1.3 million. He said, with funding in place, the project could be complete by year’s end.

Phase 2 would involve cleaning and painting interior surfaces and refinishing floors. The windows in the main auditorium would be replaced and a sprinkler system installed. The acoustics in the building would be corrected and an audiovisual system “roughed in.” One of the offices on the upper floor would be converted to a media room.

This phase would cost an estimated $769,000 and could be completed by May 25, 2015 if funding was in place.

Phase 3 would deal with exterior work, including revisions to parking, landscaping, a new stormwater system and outdoor lighting. Emo suggested installing outdoor cooking facilities and dining area. He said streetlights similar to those already downtown would be installed.

The final phase of the renovation would cost an estimated $300,000 and could be complete by July 2015.

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