July 1 2015

Bid for Renovation of 33 Center Street Come In Over Budget

By: Rich Hosford

The renovations of a town-owned building have been put on hold due to changes in the public construction market. 


During May Town Meeting, the body voted to appropriate $1,650,000 to renovate the town-owned building at 33 Center Street. The property is located next to Town Hall and was formerly a bank. 

 

The plan is to convert the bank into office space and move the Health Department and Burlington Youth & Family Services out of the Human Resources Building to the new location. This will free up space for programs for the Recreation Department and the Council on Aging, which are both located in the Human Services Building. 

 

At the time, Town Administrator John Petrin told Town Meeting members that an evaluation of the building showed that many of its core systems, including the electrical system, needed to be replaced and that it would be more cost effective to strip the existing walls and rebuild rather than to try and modify what currently exists. 

 

The funds were approved and the town went out to get bids for the work. 

 

The bidding process did not go as planned, however. Petrin told the Board of Selectmen in June that after requesting bids they all came back significantly higher than what the town had budgeted for the project. 

 

“The markets have changed, I’m being told,” Petrin said. “Times are getting better and that’s showing in public construction. We don’t have the capacity to accept the bids.” 


He said town officials will meet with their architect and perhaps revise the plan and come back to the board with a set of options sometime later this summer. 

 
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