Youngstown Awards Contract for Annex Work

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city Board of Control this morning awarded a $392,160 contract to a Cleveland firm to restore the facade of the  City Hall Annex at Market and Front streets.

VIP Restoration’s bid was determined to be the lowest and best of the 10  submitted for the work, which is part of a $7.75 million renovation of the one-time Youngstown Post Office and federal building.

“There were quite a few bids. That resulted [from]  a very competitive environment,” said Charles Shasho, deputy director for public works.

VIP is the same contractor performing work on the Mahoning County Courthouse building, which Shasho speculated might decrease the firm’s mobilizations costs.

Last summer, the McNally administration and municipal court judges reached an agreement to resolve the lawsuit the judges filed in which they charged that their space on the second floor of City Hall is inadequate.

Once the renovation is complete, the city courts and the clerk of courts office will relocate to the annex building. The city department of community planning and economic development, now in 20 Federal Place,  will move into the space  the judges and clerk of courts vacate.

“The courts appear to be happy. We’re happy with the bid that was submitted,” Mayor John A. McNally said.

Shasho said he expects work to begin when the weather breaks for spring. “There is a significant amount of lead time with some of the materials, which is why we went out to bid now,” he said.

“I’m just happy the project’s moving along and everyone seems to be on the right track right now to get this thing done on time and on budget,” Finance Director David Bozanich said.

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