Over $2 million needed to fix Armory

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

 “If we could get historic grants that would be different,” said Commissioner Cheryl Sanders said. “That is not to say Mr. Emo didn’t do a good job. I don’t think anybody on this commission can go with a $3 million project. We need to get together as a board and see what we can do. We need to put this on a back burner.”

Emo said he thought “the smart thing to do, now that we’ve got it broken out, would be to work with either staff or a committee to come back with a recommended scope of work and to establish a business profile for funding to see how it would work financially. We commend you for having the vision to want to look at the whole thing. We’re tickled about what could happen.”

Sanders said, “Mr. Emo you’ve got to understand we’re not Leon County . We pay as we go.”

Sanders instructed Emo to discuss what changes were essential to stabilizing the building with county staff and the board thanked him for his presentation.

Pierce said the additional time would be covered by funds already paid to Emo.

 “I’m hoping that there are some historical grants to help with funding sources to complete these projects,” said Parrish.

 “We could almost pay for Phase 1 with the existing funds we have,” Commissioner Pinki Jackel said. “If we could pass a simple majority vote of 1 percent increase in the TDC tax, that would generate almost half a million dollars revenue in the next 12 months. So, we could pay cash for Phase 1. That 1 percent is usable for these types of funding programs and then we would not be hamstrung with rest of the marketing.”

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