PORTAGE | The city's Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday approved funding for additional work inside Portage City Hall and reviewed a wish list of additional projects.
The commission approved spending $57,000 to finish remodeling the Department of Public Works office. That will also include additional work in the lobby and the lower floor conference room. The Ross Group of Portage will complete the project.
Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe presented the commission with a list of other City Hall improvements that need to be done. The list estimates some $250,000 of additional work needed.
That's on top of the $359,000 the commission has already spent on the exterior of the building, including new windows and facade repairs.
Among other projects that need to be completed, Monroe said, is exterior handicapped ramps and parking stalls along with landscaping, driveway curbs and a new backdoor, estimated at nearly $124,000; a north entrance canopy at a cost of $30,000; new rooftop HVAC unit for the lobby and main conference room at about $23,000; parking lot work at $16,750; wood traffic barrier along the north side of the east parking lot at $13,300 and various other items.
In other business, the commission approved the purchase of the former smoke shop on U.S. 20 just west of Samuelson Road. The cost will be $90,000.
It also approved spending $65,000 on paving of five streets in the Bel Aire Subdivision. Monroe said Joann, Honeysuckle, Osage, Arlene and Tulip streets need paving, but the city has only $80,000 left in its paving budget and needed funds from the commission to complete the projects.