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June 28, 2022

10/22/2020 10:04:00 AM
Ridgeway building committee sees the numbers

Members of the building planning committee for the recently abandoned Ridgeway Elementary School got a look at the long range possibilities of the building with the numbers.
Mitchel Branscombe of Strang, the company the Village Board chose to help with the project capped off the three meetings the committee has held with what will be the "big picture" for the village to consider.
Besides Branscombe the meeting was attended by committee members Jon Steen, Kellee Venden, Steve Vosberg, Michele Casper, Rick Short, Ann Larson, Gus Bellenger, and Deputy Clerk Hailey Roessler. Bruce Paull also attended.
Branscombe attempted to solidify the wants and need list developed from the last three meetings for the from the Steering Committee and Planning Commission to consider. He said Strang's goal has been to provide an enriched experience that is cost effective and will allow the Village of Ridgeway and surrounding community to grow. Three different options were presented with numbers based on the discussion of the previous meetings and the community survey.
For both Option I and Option II, the costs are basically the same with both proposals. The gym has been determined to be of minimal expense as it is in great condition. The major expense would be putting windows in to add more natural light.
Windows in other areas were included in the price of $124,545. This had an option of less size and number along with when this would need to be done which would reduce by almost half of the cost.
HVAC has a cost of $279,405. This would be for seven of eight zones with residential type units.
A replacement of the boiler expected to cost $319,000.
The eighth zone is the Marshal's area on the lowest level. The Marshal's area was projected to cost $302,631 with a large share of that garage space and general upgrading with asbestos and ADA restroom and entrance.
The ADA compliance would come at a cost of $73,674 for the whole building. That would include restrooms and a family restroom.
Upgrading the building entrance to allow entry from both the east and west side would have a cost of $20,000.
The addition of an elevator would be about $50,000 but would make a difference on location of the restrooms. If an elevator is put in sooner rather than later it would allow the family restroom to be downstairs.
Some of the improvements would depend on where parking areas would be located.
Asbestos removal on known areas would cost $3.25 a square foot which is the floor in the 1968 addition. The ceiling would be at a cost of $2.75 to $5.00 a square foot which is estimated to involve 65,000 square feet. The 1939 part if the facility would cost more because of how ceiling tiles are attached.
The outside in Option II had a cost of $325,000. This would include some playground equipment, with parking lot reconstruction being the biggest piece of money at almost $200,000. Landscaping is estimated at about $10 per square foot.
Option III is to make buildable lots on the south side of the site and putting the street back.
The addition of four business suites upstairs could bring in $26,000 which would pretty much pay for annual expenses of the building.
The total cost of the project if done all at once, would carry a price tag of $3,910,000. That would include all costs including contingency, engineering, soft cost, furniture and fixtures, along with contractor fees
The cost of building new would carry a cost of $145 a square foot, while renovating the building has a cost of $76 a square foot which is about half.
Much discussion was held after the numbers were presented. Most everyone in attendance stated that the project should proceed and would need to fine tune what and when different parts would be done.
Availability of Grants has been researched by Clerk Hailey Roessler. With the progress that has been made so far, a grant writer would build on the previous $5,000 grant from Compeer.
The maintenance of the building for the coming winter and into next years budget was discussed at length. It was discussed about keeping the building heated with just one boiler just to keep from freezing.
The last Village of Ridgeway Finance Committee budget meeting is set for October 20. It was noted there are not a lot of changes can be made at this time for the 2021 budget.

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