After preliminary discussion with a contractor on costs for work on the West Main Street rock façade, town officials at a project update meeting earlier in the month asked Garanco Inc. to get some extra work together for presentation at their Nov. 9 meeting.
“At the project update meeting, the board reviewed where that project is, and at the end of one of their last board meetings, the question arose on how much it would cost to just brace it while they investigate concepts,” said Leslie Schlender, economic development director for the town of Elkin.
Requests for bids on stabilization only, as well as stabilization which could be incorporated into a future build-out on the site, came back with one bidder making the deadline, and other contractors asking for more time to prepare the requested information.
Garanco, the only contractor meeting deadline, turned in bids ranging from $60,000 to $80,000 for basic bracing of the historic structure to work which could be incorporated into future designs, Schlender said.
One of the concepts being considered for the property, which includes the rock façade and an empty area behind it which no longer has a building in it, is to create street-level restrooms and storage underneath, she said.
When the Main Street Advisory Board took on research of what the community wanted to see happen at the rock façade site, Schlender said high on the list was a public space, rather than being developed by a private investor.
“We happened to have [Ricky White with Garanco] there who provided a price for stabilization by deadline, and he was able to explain the bracing and how it would fit in a larger concept,” said the ED director of the project update meeting. “So he’s putting that together for the Nov. 9 meeting.”
She said the town has worked with Garanco on past projects, and “they are conscious of our needs for price and work with time frame for grants.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.