Three members of the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission approved a mountain of paperwork Tuesday night to prepare for the renovations of the city building and chamber of commerce building.
The bonds sold for the project on Tuesday and will be closed today. 1st Source Bank will be the bond trustee until the project is done and payments are needed.
The lowest project bid came from Michiana Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $2,198,700. The commission members approved that bid.
A public hearing to name the chamber of commerce building as surplus to satisfy a lease requirement was held with no public comment given. The commission members then approved that action.
City Attorney Sean Surrisi spent the majority of the meeting explaining bond paperwork; leasing information between the city, chamber of commerce, Plymouth Redevelopment Commission, Plymouth Redevelopment Authority and the city building; agreements with the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, and lease payment information. All paperwork was approved as submitted with signatures to be obtained by all members.
Surrisi said a pre-construction meeting will be set soon to go over the project and to determine a start date. All city entities want the process to be smooth so disruptions are minimal.
Surrisi previously explained that renovations will be made to the clerk-treasurer’s office to improve customer relations and staff productivity. The city has now purchased the adjacent chamber of commerce building with plans to remodel the second floor to accommodate an expansion of room for the city council chambers and conference space. In the same project, the mayor’s office and his assistant’s office will be moved upstairs in the city building. An elevator and staircase will be added.