McMinnville officials accepted a measure Tuesday night to allow W&O Construction to restore the Park Theatre.
The ordinance passed unanimously on its first read before the full board.
Voting in favor were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ken Smith, Jimmy Bonner, Rick Barnes and Billy Wood.
Construction costs will total $2.01 million. That includes a base bid of $1.68 million with an additional $328,673 to be spent on alternate work such as a rear addition for dressing rooms and bathrooms.
Not included in the scope of work is repairing the roof. Preliminary estimates put the cost around $80,000, but an exact figure won’t be known until bids are received. Companies have until Oct. 9 to submit a bid.
A second passing read is required before the full board before renovation work can begin. A special called session is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. If the measure passes, the city’s plans will be sent to the State Comptroller’s office for consideration. This usually takes around 45 days, according to Mayor Haley.
No decision was made regarding the management of the theatre. Park Theatre Group was given a tentative nod in August during a joint Finance Committee and Building and Grounds Committee meeting. However, a contract must be approved by the full board and the State Comptroller.
Once all the legal hurdles have been cleared and W&O Construction is given the green light to proceed, the company will have 365 days to complete the work.