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Civic Center renovation costs to be known soon
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Pictured is a rendering of what McMinnville Civic Center expansion could look like.
The recreational delay is almost over.

Bids are being accepted for renovation and expansion of McMinnville Civic Center. Actual cost of the project will be known Thursday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.

“We gave it two weeks, rather than one,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “We hope giving two weeks gives a better opportunity for pricing on contractors.”
McMinnville officials are bracing for sticker shock, given the rising cost for material and labor.
“I hope I’m wrong, but I do believe there will be sticker shock when the bids come back in,” said Alderman Everett Brock, who chairs the city’s Finance Committee.

Warren County Jail expansion was estimated at $6.5 million. The actual cost came in at $8.3 million.

Estimated cost for the Civic Center project from Hart, Freeland Roberts Design was $6.1 million. It includes $3.5 million to renovate the existing Civic Center, $751,340 for a south addition, and $1.8 million for an east addition.

Brock presented more than one cost estimate for financing the project. Brock said a $6 million Civic Center project would be an annual payment of approximately $400,000 for the next 20 years and a $9 million project would be an annual payment of $600,000.

The bid opening will be held at City Hall.