Plymouth Redevelopment Commission to Move Forward with Renovation Project

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission held a public hearing last night to gather opinions on the proposed city building renovation project.

The project includes construction of improvements and expansion of the city office at 124 N. Michigan Street including the clerk-treasurer’s office, mayor’s office, city attorney’s office and the council chambers.

Engineering firm RQAW made some changes to the plan which includes a break room for the clerk-treasurer’s office which will be located in the current city council chambers, the council bench would be changed to a curved design, a FOB-type entry would be featured on city employee entry doors, and security camera placement. Further revisions could be made by the June 6 technical review of the project.

The date that the city would receive bids was pushed back to July 10 to avoid major holiday interruptions.

City Attorney Sean Surrisi suggested that the redevelopment commission go with a 10-year lease as it is feasible within the budget and the interest payments will be lower. The estimated cost of the project is $2.5 million, but that number could change with modifications to the plan.

There was no public input during the meeting.

The commission members approved a resolution that amends the economic development plan for the U.S. 30/Oak Road TIF district to include this project. They also approved a resolution that preliminarily approves the lease and the public hearing for that will be Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the city council chambers. The assessed valuation in TIF #1 was also reduced from $30 million to $20 million.