UPDATE: Rouss City Hall renovation bid reissued

Construction is expected to start in October

You may remember in early March, the Rouss City Hall renovation in Winchester had to be put on hold after not receiving any bids; now, they're moving forward.
The city has reissued a revised bid, allowing for more flexibility.  
The feedback received from contractors who attended the original pre-bid meeting indicated that subcontractor availability was the main reason why bids were not submitted.
The city was hoping to start the project this month, but many subcontractors were already busy with other projects.
"With the reissued bid, we ask contractors to start in October, and then they'll have 365 days to complete the project. They can start before that, if they have the subcontractors, or if they have the capability to do that," said Amy Simmons, City of Winchester Communications Manager.
The last time Rouss City Hall was renovated was back in 1986.
The city issued an invitation for general contractors to bid to renovate Rouss City Hall.
A bid opening was held last Friday, but the city did not receive any proposals.
"We were very disappointed, obviously, because this has been something that has been in the planning stages for the city for over a year now," said Eden Freeman, City Manager.
So, why did the city not receive any bids?
"What we were hearing from some of the potential bidders who had attended our mandatory pre-bid meeting was that they simply couldn't get the subcontractors to work with them," Freeman said.
City officials were hoping to start the construction phase of the project this May.
"Obviously, that's not gonna happen now," Freeman said. "Most likely, it will take another 60-90 days to get the proposals out, received proposals in, evaluate them and select a bidder."
The last time Rouss City Hall was renovated was back in 1986, and officials said it's time for upgrades.
"We have a very old heating and cooling system that, obviously, we have issues with, that needs to be repaired and replaced," Freeman said.
Officials said, once construction begins, the project will take a little more than a year to complete.


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